Gravel Trucks Revisited

Notes from a reader …accident6

In your Monday August 11, 2014 posting you reviewed, fairly extensively, the dangers due to over loading of gravel trucks.

Well, it seems that Mathew Strader from the Enterprise newspaper in Caledon has now placed the spot light clearly on this “disaster in waiting”. Read the article in its entirety here:

http://www.caledonenterprise.com/news-story/4767471-weight-compliance-issues-abound-in-aggregate-industry/

However, the problems remain the same …

Stone-walling at all levels of government.

Mathew could not pry the full report from the MTO.

Mathew could not get any support from the current Caledon council.

In fact, Allan Thompson, who is currently running for Mayor in Caledon, suggested Greg Sweetnam, vice president at James Dick Construction Ltd. as someone to speak to for answers.

Now there are a couple of problems with this statement.

1) As an elected official, and mayoral candidate, and so duly charged with public safety by his position as a Regional Councillor, how is it possible for Mr. Thompson to not have a very firm position on this extremely important issue? He is part of the Regional Task Force recommending rural residential Mountainview Road and Horseshoe Hill Road as heavy truck haul routes, but seems to have no concern, and definitely no position on truck safety.
2) And, in addition, Mr. Thompson has been made aware of this report, and been questioned numerous times by a Caledon resident over the past 14 months, and has not answered.

So now Mr. Thompson defers his answer on the safety of Caledon citizens back to the operators responsible for these dangers in the first place? What a joke!

Caledon residents came to expect this type of avoidance from Mayor Morrison, but now coming from a new mayoral candidate?

How’s that for ‘leadership’?

According to Mr. Woozageer from the MTO:
“Any overweight vehicle is a concern. Overloading vehicles has immediate and long-term effects on road safety and infrastructure,” he wrote in an email. “Compliance with Ontario’s weight requirements has been an issue for aggregate haulers for many years. Over the years, MTO has implemented several changes related to vehicle weights and dimensions that should have addressed these issues, however, overloading with the aggregate industry continues. The ministry’s main concern is the safety of all those using our highways.”

So…The MTO states: ‘major problem, big concern.’

Allan Thompson states: ‘I don’t know.’

There has to be a better choice for Mayor in Caledon. What about that Sinclair guy?

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One thought on “Gravel Trucks Revisited

  1. Not to mention the fact that a large percentage of these trucks have no name on the vehicle and the drivers are poorly trained.

    When they steam through a community and blow red lights at excessive speeds we can’t identify them to call the authorities. Don’t say get the plate number, you find it and read it in time.

    I notice all of the old timer trucks and larger establishments are all named. Why not the new Canadian truckers. Oops just answered that one myself. I’ll find another blog forum to talk about that issue which will include undercutting local guys and not paying the same taxes as the rest of us. Don’t get me started.

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