Ontario proposes plan to make trucking safer

by Truck News

TORONTO, Ont. – The province is proposing a two-year plan to make Ontario highways safer for truckers.

Last week, senior government officials discussed the plan with leaders of Ontario’s trucking industry.

A key component of the plan will be tougher action against non-compliant carriers, including Driver Inc. operators. The move comes as a small contingent of unsafe, non-compliant operators are expanding throughout the industry.

As a first step, the government will initiate a consultative process that the Ontario Trucking Association says will conclude in the creation of a truck safety program.

“This is a visionary, holistic approach toward improving truck safety which goes beyond just focusing on vehicle maintenance exclusively,” said OTA president Stephen Laskowski.

“The root causes of non-compliance and poor performance in our sector will be addressed by this consultative process. As a result, we believe at the conclusion of this process, Ontario’s roads will be safer.”

The OTA has been at the forefront of a campaign against Driver Inc., a controversial business model that classifies fleet employees as independent contractors. The drivers are incorporated and receive their pay without any source deductions.

OTA chairman David Carruth praised the initiative, saying all provinces and federal departments need to follow suit.

The association said the following measures are also part of the propose plan:

  • Adjust Ontario’s pointing and infraction system to harmonize, address high-risk activity, and reduce burden;
  • Enforce high risk activities through targeted measures and align provincial enforcement efforts;
  • Explore Expansion of Insurance Validation Program to Heavy Commercial Vehicles
  • Review and evaluate MELT;
  • Review CVOR program to place greater focus on operators and drivers that pose the highest risk to safety;
  • Implement electronic logging devices in Ontario;
  • Improve use of data regarding distracted and impaired driving and continue to research high-risk areas;
  • Strategically deploy Ontario’s commercial enforcement program towards high-risk activities.

“Each of these standalone measures offer the industry tremendous benefits,” said OTA’s Geoff Wood.

“Combined, they represent a substantial opportunity that will transform the trucking industry for the advancement of road safety, carrier competitiveness and the environment.”

The plan will complement measures announced in October such as the introduction of an integrated vehicle safety and emissions inspection program, and long combination vehicle enhancements.

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  • Noble attempts, but it will not change much of anything.
    Drivers Inc needs to be stamped out, but that is an issue of competitiveness and employee protection. Not safety.
    ELOGs won’t do much, as I dont believe fatigue is a huge factor like it was 20 years ago.

    To me, the single biggest problems today are lack of ability, and lack of awareness to recognize dangerous situations. Notice I said lack of awareness, not lack of knowledge.
    Most truck accidents these days are either driving off the road, or rear ending stopped traffic. Both caused by rectal craniosis. How do you fix that?

    • I’m on both sides of the fence with both the government and the Ontario trucking association’s just to note I’m a trucker myself safety is everyone’s business whether you drive truck or not driving distractions are a huge problem the penalties are severe but some drivers just don’t get it more MTO inspectors are need for industry more enforcement by our local and provincial police is necessary

  • Agree.
    OTA is motivated by few people whose more focus is on Driver inc rather than true issue. Most of accident are rear end and mostly caused by stress and other issue in human life. How you can reduce or eliminate ?

    Thx

  • What about changing rules for drivers not being able to run cross country together unless one is a experienced driver seasoned driver instead of letting two young drivers jump in a truck with no winter driving between both of them which was the case of my very experienced brother who was killed by two very such drivers I mean no winter experience loose controll and completely pannick and come across 3 lanes and kill a innocent trucker who couldn’t do anything but whatch his death come at him because of driving to fast for icy road they didn’t know plus like I said completely panniking they had almost 3 open lanes to turn into instead they hit my brother head on they were both Ontario drivers with Az licences but no winter driving this is crazy government has to do something there has been 7 people killed from thunderbay ont to Kenora ont since July of 2019 of inexperienced drivers killing experienced drivers by going across into there lane every accident instead of staying to right always cutting into oncoming traffic rules have to be changed it can’t keep going this way there is no way that two drivers 23 and 24 should be teamed up with no experience it’s just crazy plain insane my brother who was 50 and died such a horrid death because of this problem it’s not right common let’s get it together government companies insurance how can you even insure two young drivers to run team across Canada like that I’m sorry for taking so much time up but I’m very angry my brother has only been gone since January 9 2020 ken love and miss you bro