Gravel haulers protest axle weight crackdown
MILTON, ON - A longstanding dispute around allowable axle weights has boiled to the surface, with dozens of aggregate haulers occupying three Ontario Ministry of Transportation scales in the Toronto area. The protesters began parking their equipment at 2 a.m. on September 20 in the facility adjacent to the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near Trafalgar Road in Milton, Ontario. They returned on Wednesday and pledged to expand the protest at nearby quarries. Some had already been protesting around sites in Aberfoyle and Dundas, Ontario. "We just want a solution," said Jagroop Singh Bangli, a two-truck owner-operator who was involved in organizing the fight, as he divided his peers into teams for the next stage of the protest. "We don't want to take any more tickets."