The Toronto Star
to Speed Up Truck Law
accused of stalling on safety legislation
A private member's bill calling for the immediate
implementation of promised truck safety regulations will be introduced
this week, says provincial Liberal transportation critic Dwight Duncan.
He accused the government of "playing games" and planning to
"water down" the proposed regulation while "stalling"
on the long-awaited legislation.
"My bill will have a definite and clear time period" for
implementation of the 80 recommendations by a joint industry-government
task force, Duncan said.
"My fear is that when and if this government does
act, they will phase in watered-down regulations over an extended period
of time and that's something we cannot allow to happen."
The task force's recommendations included on-the-spot
suspension and impounding of unsafe trucks for up to 15 days, a graduated
licensing system for truck drivers, and mandatory truck inspections every
Families with loved ones killed by runaway truck wheels
expected the sweeping legislation to become law by the spring. But while
Transportation Minister Al Palladini will introduce some of the road
safety legislation later this spring, none of it is likely now to become
law until the fall at the earliest.
Duncan is expected to meet privately with family members
who have had loved ones killed by runaway truck wheels to discuss the
Also being delayed is the controversial Bill 125, calling
for trucking companies to be fined up to $50,000 for losing a wheel.
Premier Mike Harris has indicated it would have to be rewritten and made
part of Palladini's larger fall package.