Ontario exploring pre-clearance, pre-screening

TORONTO, ON – A Request for Information (RFI) has been issued by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) that will help lay a foundation for commercial vehicle pre-clearance and pre-screening systems, often referred to as automated scales.

The Ontario Trucking Association reports that it has for years been asking the province for the systems, and included the request in a 2017 pre-budget submission.

“Enforcement attention should be focused where it’s most required,” says Geoff Wood, the association’s vice president – operations and safety.

The MTO says it will review the feasibility and design of such a system, and then implement pilot projects at key locations.

“It is critical that all inspections are captured and recorded in some medium and provided appropriate level of credit,” Wood adds.


John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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