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OTA welcomes increased powers for MTO enforcement officers – Truck News

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is welcoming legislative changes that will give Ministry of Transportation (MTO) enforcement officers increased powers.

Specifically, The Safer Roads and Communities Act, gives MTO officers the ability to: exceed posted speed limits for enforcement purposes; confiscate fraudulent or suspended driver’s licences; and requires drivers to yield to enforcement vehicles when their lights and signals are flashing.

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“This bill is paving the way by ensuring that enforcement officers have all the necessary powers to keep our roads safe and that our province has the best qualified commercial drivers operating to meet the growing demands of the Ontario supply chain,” said OTA president Stephen Laskowski. “We applaud the government for these changes and for launching industry discussions to identify gaps and meaningful improvements to keep Ontario’s roads safe for everyone.”

“Our board agrees it is time to rethink how commercial driver training and licensing are addressed in Ontario,” added OTA chairman James Steed. “Licensing and training must reflect the safety and vocational standards required to operate a truck. OTA will be providing input that reflects this direction during MTO’s consultations. We need to advance training in the truck driving profession to ensure our sector is eligible for funding that is afforded to other key sectors of the economy when they are training and preparing their labour forces.” 


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