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OTA hits road with load securement seminar

TORONTO, Ont. -- Starting in June, the Ontario Trucking Association will offer a seminar in five Ontario cities to ...

TORONTO, Ont. — Starting in June, the Ontario Trucking Association will offer a seminar in five Ontario cities to help the province’s carriers comply with Ontario’s new Load Securement Regulations to be enforced in July.

Seminars will be held in Toronto, Kingston, London, Sudbury, and Thunder Bay. The seminar is open to both OTA members and non-members. Registration information will be announced next week by OTA.

Regulation 363/04, that adopts in part the CCMTA National Load Securement Standard, came into effect in January of this year. Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) enforcement staff has been operating in a period of educational enforcement since Jan. 1.

Carriers must comply with the new regulation no later than July, at which time MTO will begin to enforce the Load Securement Regulations with particular emphasis initially on flat bed operations and prescribed commodities listed in Part 2 of the National Load Securement Standard.

This seminar, a joint OTA/MTO effort, will give carriers a perspective on how the Ministry will be enforcing the regulations related to the national standard on all flat deck vehicles and other prescribed commodities in Part 2 (i.e. crushed cars. logs) regardless of cargo type; and on van trailers carrying cargo that have specific securement requirements under Part 2 of the National Standard (e.g. Paper rolls, metal coils).

Seminar attendees will have an opportunity to hear from MTO and OTA staff about the Load Securement Regulations and discuss specific load securement issues related to their operations.

Carriers involved in dry van and refrigerated operations should note that an educational program aimed at these types of operations will be held at later dates.

Additional information on dates and times, as well as a registration form should be available on the OTA Web site at this week.

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