McGuinty Government Continues To Keep Ontario's Roads Safe

    Ontario Participates In RoadCheck For 19th Year

    QUEEN'S PARK, June 5 /CNW/ - Ontario is participating in the RoadCheck
international safety inspection blitz, June 5 to 7, 2007, for the 19th year,
Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.
    "Ontario is a leader in road safety," said Cansfield. "During last year's
RoadCheck, almost 3,100 vehicles were inspected in Ontario with more than
2,450 vehicles meeting our tough safety standards."
    RoadCheck is an international 72-hour commercial vehicle safety event
involving Canada, the United States and Mexico. The initiative is designed to
benchmark the safety performance of the truck and bus industry. Provincial
enforcement officers will be at inspection stations across Ontario to check
buses, trucks and trailers for properly secured loads, driver qualifications,
daily trip inspection reports, daily logs and compliance with dangerous goods
legislation. Each year during RoadCheck, Ontario inspects more commercial
vehicles than any other Canadian province.
    The results of Ontario's road safety initiatives are encouraging. Over
the past 14 years the number of fatalities involving large trucks has dropped
by more than 20 per cent, even though the number of large trucks on our roads
grew by 50 per cent.
    This is just one more example of how the McGuinty government is making
Ontario's roads safer. Other examples include:

    -   Fining commercial vehicles up to $50,000 for wheel separation
    -   Fines of up to $20,000 for unsafe commercial vehicles, including
        parts becoming detached from trucks and buses
    -   Requiring everyone in a car, van or truck to wear a seatbelt under
        Ontario's 'one person, one seatbelt' law
    -   Requiring all school buses to be equipped with safety-crossing arms
        as of January 2008
    -   Cracking down on street racers and drivers who drink, through the
        Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act, 2007.

    "Our truck inspection programs ensure commercial vehicles travelling on
our roads are safe," added Cansfield. "Our economy depends on the safe
movement of goods and people."

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    About 75 per cent of Ontario's commercial trade with the United States
moves by truck.
    Cross-border truck trade between Canada and the United States virtually
doubled in the 1990s.
    Each year, the province conducts 140,000 commercial driver and vehicle
inspections, 12 provincewide safety blitzes and 250 regional safety blitzes.
Ontario has some of the toughest commercial vehicle safety laws in North
America, including:

    -   Fines of up to $50,000 for wheel separation offences
    -   Fines of up to $20,000 for unsafe commercial vehicles, including
        parts becoming detached from trucks and buses
    -   Impoundment of trucks, trailers and buses with critical defects.

    What is RoadCheck?

    RoadCheck is an annual 72-hour commercial vehicle safety blitz held
across Canada, the United States and Mexico. The coordinated enforcement
effort is designed to:

    -   Track the safety performance of the truck and bus industry
    -   Monitor the effectiveness of ministry enforcement programs
    -   Increase awareness of commercial vehicle safety issues
    -   Remove unsafe vehicles from the highways.

    RoadCheck is unique for its use of random inspections to help establish
benchmarks for commercial vehicle safety. During RoadCheck, officers randomly
select vehicles entering the inspection station and examine their mechanical
condition, load securement, driver qualifications, daily trip inspection
reports, daily logs and compliance with the dangerous goods legislation.
    Over the last few years, RoadCheck has expanded to include driver
education to reduce collisions and save lives. In the last five years, more
than one million pieces of educational literature have been distributed to
drivers across North America during RoadCheck.

    Improving Commercial Vehicle Drivers' Hours of Service

    To reduce the risk of fatigue-related collisions, on January 1, 2007, the
Ontario government implemented provincial standards that mirror the new
federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers' Hours of Service Regulations.
    Commercial vehicle operators, whether they operate trucks, motor coaches,
or school buses must comply.
    All drivers need to be well-rested when they drive, especially drivers of
large commercial vehicles, buses and school buses.
    To reduce driver fatigue the new regulation is based on research into
human sleep patterns and fatigue management. Under the regulation, a driver

    -   Limited to 13 hours driving, down from the previous 16 hours a day
    -   Required to take a minimum of 10 hours a day "off duty" and at least
        eight consecutive hours off prior to starting a new work shift.

    The Province has worked closely with stakeholders, and has helped train
industry members and enforcement officers.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, Ministry of
Transportation, (416) 327-1158; Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA),
1-800-268-4686 toll free, 1-866-471-8929 TTY

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