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Opinion: Higher highway speeds would be a step in the wrong direction

May 2, 2019 by John Smith

There was something oddly familiar about Ontario Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek’s case for reviewing the speed limits on 400-Series highways. The routes are designed for 120 km/h, he told media during a recent presentation at the Toronto Region Board of Trade, adding that the general public would be consulted on the issue.

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On-road charges, enforcement practices changing

October 18, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, Ont. — The rules of engagement have changed when it comes to the charges Ontario drivers can face – as have the people who might lay the charges in the first place. As of last week, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement teams expanded their focus beyond speed limiters to include charges for outright speeding, Frontline Commercial Vehicle Solutions’ Alex Bugeya told fleet managers during a presentation hosted by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC).

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Sarasin named Canada’s champion inspector

August 22, 2018 by John Smith

KING CITY, Ont. – Samantha Sarasin, an Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer, is a national champion this week. She outperformed all other Canadians during the recent Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) North American Inspectors Championship, and just discovered that she came less than six points shy of North America’s grand champion title.

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Sticker Shock: Let’s set a balanced price for towing

July 31, 2018 by John Smith

Some of my earliest work experience came at the benches of a shop that repaired small appliances and vacuum cleaners. And a fond experience it was. Even when off the clock, I loved hanging around the area behind the counter. It’s where the owner’s aging friends would gather to chew the fat over some chewable coffee, and I was welcomed as one of them.

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Highway Robbery: The push is on to tackle clearance practices, excessive tow fees

July 21, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Guy Broderick couldn’t believe the towing invoice that appeared in front of him. The task seemed so simple. An APPS Transport truck only had to be towed a single exit down Highway 401. The clean-up involved nothing more than a bit of coolant that had spilled through a failing lower rad hose. The tow alone cost $2,531 – and that’s after Broderick negotiated a $1,000 discount. The coolant cleanup was billed at another $2,260, which included a $2,000 flat-rated “environmental” fee.

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The Cost of Distractions

June 1, 2018 by John Smith

Drivers who text or have other interactions with cellphones are eight times more likely to cause an accident. According to CAA, simply conversing on a mobile device — whether hands-free or hand-held — makes drivers four times more likely to be in a crash. And one in every four accidents is caused by people texting. According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every half an hour.

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Ontario extends 60-foot trailer trial

January 26, 2018 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is extending a trial of 60-foot trailers beyond the retail sector.

Permits are now based on Commercial Vehicle Operator Record (CVOR) rather than a semitrailer’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), the Ontario Trucking Association reports. But the permits – one for each semitrailer — will list all VINs included in the trial. Participating carriers are limited to eight permits, and just four in the first year of a trial.

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Blitz results revealed by CVSA

December 18, 2017 by John Smith

GREENBELT, MD – Inspectors issued 59,193 warnings and citations in Canada and the U.S. during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA’s) Operation Safe Driver Week, which ran from October 15 to 21. And passenger vehicle drivers were more likely than their commercial counterparts to be caught speeding.
State and local moving violations represented 84.2% of the 38,878 warnings and citations for commercial vehicle drivers, with speeding (7.4%), failing to use a seat belt (2.6%), failing to obey a traffic control device (2.5%), and using a handheld phone (0.8%) rounding out the top five.
Among passenger vehicle drivers, the 20,315 citations and warnings involved speeding (43.5%), state and local moving violations (36.2%), failing to use a seat belt (9.4%), failing to obey a traffic control device (2.3%), and improper lane changes (1.5%).
Less than 1% of the warnings and citations were for following too closely.

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OTA and government meet on parking

October 27, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is bringing the lack of adequate truck parking in the province to the attention of the government.
The OTA hosted officials from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and other government consultants at a roundtable on the issue last week to discuss expanded parking options in Northern and Southern Ontario.
The lobbying organization says the meeting was well attended by both officials and the group’s carrier members who were able to lend a voice to the parking shortage issue, and that all attendees seemed to be on the same page about both long and short-term solutions to the problem.

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Green rebates should include older vehicles: OTA

October 10, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is weighing in on the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) draft Green Commercial Vehicle Program (GCVP).
The government announced it was seeking feedback on the proposal in September, with commenting closed as of Oct. 6.

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Ep 1: An Introduction

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, introduce the video series that will explain every step in a CVSA inspection. And it answers a key question: What does a CVSA decal actually tell inspectors?

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Ep 2: Minor vs Major Defects

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore the differences between major defects — that immediately ground a vehicle — and the identified minor defects that will allow trucks to continue their journey.

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Ep 3: The Paperwork

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

A driver’s paperwork confirms everything from personal credentials to vehicle registration, pre-trip inspection results and more. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore the items that inspectors look for during a roadside inspection.

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Ep 4: First Things First

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Every Level 1 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection begins with the same series of steps. Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, explore what will happen when you pull into a roadside inspection facility.

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Ep 5: The Front of the Truck

June 9, 2017 by John Smith

Did you know the time of day can make a difference in whether a lighting problem is a major or minor defect? Editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor, answer these questions and more when stopping at the front of a truck during a CVSA Level 1 inspection.