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Ag­gre­gate haulers have ended their protest at the MTO scales in Mil­ton and sur­round­ing gravel pits af­ter re­ceiv­ing a tem­po­rary re­lief against crack­down on axle weights. The strike ac­tion be­gan on Septem­ber 20th and ended Septem­ber 24th af­ter the prov­ince agreed to reis­sue mora­to­ri­ums on axle weight penal­ties and re­strict en­force­ment only to gross ve­hi­cle weights on a tem­po­rary ba­sis while all par­ties are brought to the ta­ble to fi­nal­ize a long-term agree­ment.

The On­tario Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion hopes that the an­nounce­ment by Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Steven Del Duca to work with all par­ties to re­solve long-stand­ing is­sues for gravel and dirt car­ri­ers will lead to a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion for all car­ri­ers.

Ev­ery prov­ince in Canada re­stricts dif­fer­ent truck con­fig­u­ra­tions to a cer­tain car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity (gross ve­hi­cle weight), as well as re­quir­ing the weight to be dis­trib­uted in a spe­cific man­ner across the ve­hi­cle con­fig­u­ra­tion to mit­i­gate the im­pact on road in­fra­struc­ture.

“The On­tario Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion wants the prov­ince to im­ple­ment an en­force­ment sys­tem that will hold all mem­bers in the sup­ply chain ac­count­able for the over­load­ing of ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing those load­ing the ve­hi­cles and those own­ing and op­er­at­ing them,” says Stephen Laskowski, pres­i­dent of the On­tario Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

OTA points out that On­tario has the most pro­duc­tive and safety-fo­cused truck con­fig­u­ra­tion laws in North Amer­ica. The ma­jor­ity of the truck­ing in­dus­try and its cus­tomers through­out the On­tario sup­ply chain have de­vel­oped re­la­tion­ships to load trucks in a com­pli­ant man­ner, al­low­ing for ef­fi­cient and safe move­ment of ve­hi­cles and loads.

The OTA pres­i­dent points out there are many truck­ing com­pa­nies and ag­gre­gate busi­nesses op­er­at­ing that load and move these prod­ucts legally each and ev­ery day.

Laskowski sug­gested the govern­ment could raise the com­pli­ance bar by rig­or­ously en­forc­ing ship­per li­a­bil­ity laws as well as im­ple­ment­ing new con­trac­tual re­quire­ments for sup­pli­ers bid­ding on govern­ment projects.

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