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Truck and Bus Inspection Blitz Promotes Safety

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Truck and Bus Inspection Blitz Promotes Safety

McGuinty Government Keeping Ontario's Roads Safest in North America

Ministry of Transportation

An inspection blitz of commercial vehicles - large trucks and buses - and their drivers over the next three days will help keep Ontario's roads the safest in North America.

During the inspection blitz, which runs from June 7-9, trucks and buses will be randomly inspected for:
•    Mechanical fitness
•    Properly-secured loads
•    Correct driver qualifications
•    Complete daily inspection of reports and logs.

Ontario has some of the toughest penalties in North America for vehicle safety. Unsafe vehicles are immediately removed from the road. Operators are subject to fines of up to $20,000 for many offenses, 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.

Ontario's truck and bus inspectors conduct more inspections than in any other province. Thanks to road safety measures like these, Ontario's roads are safer than ever, and the number of fatalities involving large trucks continues to decline. 

Quick Facts

  • This is the 23rd year Ontario has participated in this annual international safety event. About 2,500 inspections are usually conducted in Ontario during RoadCheck.
  • More than 150 government enforcement officers are participating in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's 72-hour RoadCheck inspection blitz taking place June 7 to 9.
  • Throughout the year, Ontario conducts more than 100,000 commercial driver and vehicle inspections, six province-wide safety blitzes and 250 regional safety blitzes.
  • Between 1988 and 2008, the large truck population grew by 64 per cent while the number of traffic fatalities in collisions involving large trucks dropped by 39 per cent.
  • Reported wheel separations have decreased from a high of 215 in 1997 to 47 occurrences in 2010.

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“Ontario's roads are the safest in North American and our government is serious about ensuring they stay that way. We have some of the toughest truck and bus safety laws in any jurisdiction and our enforcement officers are out inspecting vehicles every day to prevent potentially unsafe situations.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

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