By: Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services
Sept 13, 2016
3 days post truck driver charged in the death of an Ottawa cyclist, president of Greater Ottawa Truckers Association Ron Barr, defending truck drivers, "bikes shouldn't have been made equal to trucks on the road."
Conley, the truck driver, charged with criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and dangerous driving causing death, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
There are limitations for Truck Drivers due to the size of their vehicles, if you can imagine, they cannot see you when they are turning, the mirrors don't allow the truck driver to see behind, beside or underneath whilst in a turn. Please be aware of this fact and be cautious when riding a bicycle near a Truck.
the Transportation Industry we have all been told about the importance of
conducting our safety inspections
pre trip and post trip. These safety
inspections are mandatory for both our driver logs for the MTO and DOT
requirements as well as those of us who are part of the C-TPAT, FAST
, PIP and
. But, are we all actually doing this every single day prior to
every single load that we do? Somewhere I think that the importance for safety
has been lost.
an innocent passenger vehicle driving along the highway 400 near King City, ON,
January 27, 2015, 9:20 AM, was struck by two flying loose commercial truck tires.
The gentleman driving that vehicle was killed when the two tires hit the
windshield shattering it to bits and collapsing the roof of his vehicle. Unfortunately
the truck driver, carrying a load of lumber, continued for 2 km before stopping
to realize what had just happened. The 69-year-old, Paul Koenderman, from
Burlington, ON, former CEO of Aecon Group Inc., was air lifted to a Toronto hospital
where he died from his injuries sustained when the two 200 lb. truck tires came
loose from the commercial truck body and hit his GMC Yukon.
amount of truck tires coming loose from the truck bodies whilst driving has
increased from 2010 and in fact just last year in 2015 there were 127 incidents
of these detached wheels just in Ontario.
the new Operation Wheel Check that was launched in Ontario in December 2015,
the requirements are getting more strict and to enforce this action the fines
are getting steeper ranging from $2,000 for minor infraction to $50,000 for
wheel separation. Daily inspections
are an absolute liability law by the MTO
and requires companies to do specific specialized training for the technicians
that are involved in the wheel installations.
enforcement with on-road inspections by specially trained police officers has
become the norm and their eyes are peeled for those operators failing to do
their proper inspections. Just since December 2015 there have been 1,800 trucks
and 10,000 wheels inspected by the ministry.
corners for truck safety inspections seems like a time saving idea when one is
in a hurry to make a shipment as time is money in our JIT era, however, we must
remember that lives are far more important here than monetary gains, after all,
what are we working for everyday? Money to support our lives and our families;
think about everyone else’s families out there that we could potentially be
putting in danger by not performing our daily pre trip and post trip
inspections properly. It shouldn’t have to take someone’s life to remind us of
how important these safety inspections truly are. The trucking company involved
in this unfortunate accident stated that their last inspection on this truck
was done January 22 and that their standard practice is to only inspect the
trucks once per week; according to MTO standards, you must inspect your truck
Daily for safety of the vehicle
including it’s tires.