Recently, OPP laid charges against truckers during 24-hour blitz and on- going blitzes are expected.
Police partnered with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and stopped a total of 1,692 trucks and laid 697 charges. Some of the charges included speeding, defective equipment, distracted driving, unsafe lane changes and carrying insecure loads.
Police say they took 63 trucks out of service as a result of the blitz.
The Ontario Trucking Association said, however, that there was a 66 per cent decrease in the fatality rate of large truck collisions between 1995 and 2014, despite a 75 per cent rise in large truck vehicle registrations.
“It’s a reflection of the overall commitment (to safety) by management and professional truck drivers,” association president Stephen Laskowski said. “We’re one of the few industries that shares its workplace with the motoring public and we accept that responsibility, and we work towards excellence in terms of road safety.”
Saskatchewan’s Crown insurance company said in an internal memo sent to driving instructors, that a mandatory training plan should be in place by next year.
The memo from Saskatchewan Government Insurance said details are still being worked out, but the curriculum is to include at least 70 hours of training in the classroom, yard and behind the wheel. The SGI has been working with the industry ad training schools and the company has commended Ontario’s approach.
In Ontario, drivers must undergo a minimum of 103.5 hours of mandatory training. Drivers must be able to show they can handle a loaded truck on major highways before they can get their licences.
At Canada Heavy Equipment College, we go above and beyond the minimum requirements with 200 hours of classroom, yard and behind the wheel training.
Alberta Transportation has reviewed Ontario’s model and is preparing options for minister Brian Mason to consider, ministry spokesman Graeme McElheran said. “Alberta Transportation officials and industry stakeholders agree that mandatory training for commercial drivers needs to be effective, affordable and accessible,” McElheran said in a statement. “We need a program that is going to enhance safety without creating insurmountable obstacles for industry.”