Cargo trucks and other vehicles used to transport construction materials are generally larger vehicles and carry heavier loads. A collision involving a construction vehicle could have catastrophic consequences for others on the road.
In an effort to make roads safer and reduce collisions with trucks, Ontario has launched new inspection criteria for construction vehicles.
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Enforcement Teams To Check Trucks Before Departure
In a recent press release, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Labour have created new inspection criteria to be met by construction vehicles before they leave with their cargo. To be carried out across the Greater Toronto Area, a team will be assembled at different loading depots to inspect:
- Overloading trucks
- Hazardous or improper use of equipment
- Compliance with weight and securement
- Mechanical checks
- Permissions and documentation are maintained
- Driver qualifications and work hours
Help Keep Ontario Roads Safe
These additional safety measures, to be rolled out as a joint effort between the two ministries, will be in effect between June 1 to September 1, 2018, as part of Ontario’s on-going work to keeping its roads safe. However, safe driving measures should still be practiced by all drivers, such as allowing larger trucks room to turn and staying a safe distance behind other vehicles while on the road.