Checking Up On Trucks And Buses



    
    McGuinty Government Takes Part In Roadcheck Blitz To Keep Ontario's
    Roads Safe
    

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is making sure large trucks and motor coaches meet the province's
high safety standards during Roadcheck, an international safety inspection
blitz, taking place June 2, 3 and 4, 2009.
    This is the 21st year Ontario has participated in the annual safety event
along with jurisdictions from across Canada, the United States and Mexico.
During the blitz, trucks and motor coaches are randomly inspected to ensure
drivers and vehicles are complying with provincial safety rules for:

    
    -   Mechanical fitness
    -   Complete daily inspection reports and logs
    -   Correct driver qualifications
    -   Properly-secured loads.

    Unsafe vehicles are immediately removed from the road and operators face
some of the toughest penalties in North America, including fines of up to
$20,000, and up to $50,000 for wheel separation offences. Vehicles with
serious brake, steering, wheel, tire and suspension defects may also be
impounded for up to 60 days.

    QUOTES

    "We have high expectations of trucks and buses that operate in this
province, backed by some of the toughest penalties in North America."
    - Transportation Minister Jim Bradley.
    (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.shtml)

    QUICK FACTS

    -   Throughout the year, Ontario conducts over 100,000 commercial driver
        and vehicle inspections, six province-wide safety blitzes and a
        number of other regional safety blitzes.
    -   Statistics show that trucks are getting safer: while the number of
        large trucks registered in Ontario rose by more than 58 per cent
        between 1995 and 2006, the number of fatal collisions involving these
        vehicles dropped by about 32 per cent. Reported wheel separations
        also decreased from 215 in 1997 to 94 in 2008.

    LEARN MORE

    About Roadcheck.

    Read Ontario's official Truck Handbook
    (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/drivhand/truck.shtml) for rules
    and safe practices for driving trucks and trailers.

    Access the latest products, services and information for commercial
    drivers in Ontario at the Truck and Bus Information Centre
    (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/).

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                               ROADCHECK 2009

    What is Roadcheck?

    Roadcheck is a coordinated enforcement campaign that:

    -   Tracks the safety performance of the truck and bus industry
    -   Monitors the effectiveness of Ministry of Transportation enforcement
        programs
    -   Increases awareness of commercial vehicle safety issues
    -   Removes unsafe vehicles from the highways.
    

    During Roadcheck, enforcement officers randomly select vehicles entering
inspection stations to ensure they meet provincial and federal standards for
mechanical condition, load security, driver qualifications, daily logs, as
well as compliance with dangerous goods legislation.

    Roadcheck 2008 Results

    During Roadcheck 2008, Ontario's truck and bus inspectors conducted more
vehicle inspections than any other province in Canada, and most other
jurisdictions in the United States. Of the 2,360 trucks and buses inspected,
officers found that 81.9 per cent of the motor coaches and 81.5 per cent of
trucks met or exceeded Ontario's commercial vehicle safety standards.

    Keeping Trucks and Buses Safe

    The McGuinty government has put in place a number of new measures to
improve road safety and keep families safe, including some of the toughest
sanctions for commercial vehicle offences in North America. Recent initiatives
include:

    
    -   Capping the maximum speed of large trucks at 105 kilometres per hour
        by making the use of speed limiters mandatory in large trucks
    -   Strengthening Ontario's registration program for commercial vehicle
        operators to allow the ministry to better monitor carriers' safety
        performance and take early action to address safety concerns.

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    Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, 416-327-1158

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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