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Ontario Tests Trucks And Buses During RoadCheck 2008

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Ontario Tests Trucks And Buses During RoadCheck 2008

Blitz Keeps Ontario's Roads Safe

Ministry of Transportation

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 3, 4 and 5, 2008.

This is the twentieth year Ontario has participated in RoadCheck, an annual event which involves jurisdictions across Canada, the United States and Mexico. During the three-day blitz, trucks and motor coaches will be inspected for safety measures, such as:

  • mechanical fitness
  • complete daily inspection reports and logs
  • driver qualifications
  • properly-secured loads.

Each year, Ontario inspects more commercial vehicles during RoadCheck than any other province in Canada. During last year's blitz, officers inspected 2,862 trucks and buses and found that 81.9 per cent of these vehicles met or exceeded Ontario's tough safety standards - the rest were pulled off the road for immediate repairs.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's roads are getting safer: while the number of licensed drivers jumped by 21 per cent between 1996 and 2005, the number of traffic fatalities fell over that same 10-year period - by 17.6 per cent.
  • Trucks are getting safer too: while there were 56 per cent more large trucks registered in Ontario between 1996 and 2005, the number of fatal collisions involving large trucks dropped by about 37 per cent.

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“Our government has high expectations for truck and bus safety, and we will continue to make sure our standards are being met - not only during RoadCheck, but all year long.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

“More than seventy-five per cent of all freight shipped in Ontario moves by truck. With so many trucks on the road, it is critically important that these vehicles are moving safely through our communities and on our highways.”

Kevin Flynn

MPP for Oakville

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