Truck driver train­ing a prob­lem: McWil­liams

The Peterborough Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER

Coun. Dan McWil­liams says trans­port truck driv­ing schools are dam­ag­ing Peter­bor­ough’s streets and caus­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion – and he’s had quite enough.

McWil­liams men­tioned it at City Hall last week, and then sug­gested coun­cil or­der a city staff re­port on how much wear and tear Peter­bor­ough roads are tak­ing thanks to driver train­ing schools.

He also wanted to hear from staff on whether a user fee can be charged to these schools to make up for the dam­age they do to roads.

“You pay, you play,” he said in an in­ter­view Mon­day.

Coun­cil­lors gave pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval to the plan to ask for the re­port last week. On Tues­day night at City Hall, the re­quest for a re­port from staff gets a fi­nal vote from coun­cil.

McWil­liams owns McWil­liams Mov­ing and Stor­age, which has a fleet of trucks - in­clud­ing 53-foot mov­ing vans. But he says his com­pany trains its own driv­ers, and he’s pro­vid­ing a ser­vice lo­cally.

Not so with truck-driver train­ing schools, he says, which don’t de­liver any goods or ser­vices – they’re just us­ing Peter­bor­ough streets as train­ing routes.

“It’s des­ti­na­tion nowhere,” he said. “They’re putting wear and tear on our roads with noth­ing else to of­fer.”

An on­line search turns up two large truck driv­ing schools in Peter­bor­ough: Trans­port Train­ing Cen­tres of Canada (on Ersk­ine Ave.) and On­tario Truck Train­ing Academy (on Lans­downe St. E., across from McDon­ald’s).

McWil­liams said he’s con­cerned that stu­dents and trucks come from the GTA, Belleville, Kingston and all over south­ern On­tario to train here.

He says trucks cause traf­fic con­ges­tion along Lans­downe St. and also Spill bury Dr., and he’s hear­ing com­plaints from cit­i­zens.

“There has to be some sort of user fee,” he said. “We’re train­ing ev­ery­one in South­ern On­tario – and I don’t think it’s fair.”

The city coun­cil meet­ing is on Tues­day this week, due to the clo­sure of City Hall on Mon­day for Re­mem­brance Day.

The Ex­am­iner’s web­site has livestream­ing, blog­ging and tweets from the meet­ing. It be­gins at 6:30 p.m.

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