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Truck And Bus Safety In Ontario

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Truck And Bus Safety In Ontario


Ministry of Transportation

What is RoadCheck? RoadCheck is an annual three-day commercial vehicle safety blitz held across Canada, the United States and Mexico.

This coordinated enforcement campaign:

  • 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, officers randomly select vehicles entering the inspection station and examine their mechanical condition, load security, driver qualifications, daily trip inspection reports, daily logs and compliance with dangerous goods legislation.

Each year, Ontario conducts over 140,000 commercial driver and vehicle inspections, 10 province-wide safety blitzes and 250 regional safety blitzes.

RoadCheck 2007 Results

During RoadCheck 2007, 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 2,862 trucks and buses inspected, officers found:

  • 81.9 per cent of the trucks met or exceeded Ontario's tough commercial vehicle safety standards, compared to the Canadian average of 81.4 per cent.
  • 86.9 per cent of the motor coaches met or exceeded these standards, compared to the Canadian average of 85.7 per cent.

Keeping Trucks and Buses Safe

The McGuinty government has put in place a number of tough laws to improve road safety and keep families safe. This includes some of the highest fines and sanctions for commercial vehicle offences in North America.

Recent initiatives include:

  • Introducing legislation to make large trucks safer by capping their maximum speed at 105 kilometres per hour using mandatory speed limiters.
  • A new restrictive condition on the Class "A" truck driver's licence. Effective June 16 2008, drivers who take their Class "A" road test using smaller vehicles (i.e., a pick-up truck pulling a large recreational trailer), will be restricted to driving vehicles of similar size, and not be licensed to drive a full size tractor-trailer.



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