Op­er­a­tor li­cens­ing needs re­view

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION -

to the editor: the re­cent trans­port “ac­ci­dent” on high­way 11, south of temagami, where a trans­port truck left the high­way and landed in angus Lake, is a real head-spin­ner.

Not only was the power out for hun­dreds of res­i­dents for miles around for eight hours, the high­way was closed for al­most the same time, with no al­ter­nate route avail­able.

to add in­sult to in­jury, the trans­port was hauled from angus Lake thurs­day, power was off again to re­pair and per­form main­te­nance on the power in­fra­struc­ture and the high­way was closed.

is it time for the min­istry of trans­porta­tion to take a good hard look at re­view­ing the laws and re­quire­ments for drivers to ob­tain a trans­port op­er­a­tor’s Class a li­cence, es­pe­cially if drivers are com­ing from other prov­inces where the re­quire­ments for ex­pe­ri­ence and train­ing ap­pear to be far be­hind on­tario?

the fact that no one was in­jured or killed is a mir­a­cle. how­ever, i am dis­turbed by the fact that these ‘big rig’ in­ci­dents are be­com­ing the norm. Not to men­tion that i was with­out power all day on thurs­day. i find it in­sult­ing and un­nec­es­sary that so many are in­con­ve­nienced by so few.

Dorothy Cloet Tilden Lake

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