Want to improve trucking safety? Focus on law enforcement
TORONTO, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Commercial driver training is once again in the public spotlight as a key to improving road safety and avoiding catastrophic motor vehicle collisions like the Humboldt tragedy.
Improving commercial driver training is an important part of driver and road safety – something advocated by the Canadian trucking industry through the introduction of mandatory entry-level training. With the implementation of MELT, the Government of Canada, provinces and industry groups like the Canadian Trucking Alliance have taken an important step in the right direction to further improve road safety.
While mandatory entry-level training is one of many improvements made by industry and governments in recent years, an even greater opportunity to dramatically improve truck and highway safety is to focus federal and provincial resources on the main identifiable threat to road safety – carriers circumventing all regulations as a business strategy.
These dangerous fleets – referred to by the industry as Driver Companies Inc. – target ill-prepared and inexperienced drivers who, without knowing much about the rules and regulations of the industry, are easily exploited by unscrupulous trucking companies. . Driver Inc.’s growing number of fleets are fueled by the underground economy; abuse their job by not paying payroll taxes, workers’ compensation or paid time off / overtime for employees; and forcing drivers to work regardless of hours of service rules. Some of these drivers may also be new to Canada and the abusive operator they work for often takes advantage of being unfamiliar with Canadian labor and safety laws. These Driver Inc. drivers then receive trucks that are unlikely to be properly inspected for safety, that are uninsured, or that are covered by fraudulent insurance; and in many cases have had their emissions controls removed.
Through a security analysis, CTA found that Driver Inc. companies that abuse labor, tax and environmental rules also routinely perform poorly on security, showing a direct correlation between non-compliance and non-compliance. public risk. The companies of Driver Inc., according to the CTA, threaten the existence of safe and compliant operators and the well-being of the automotive public. The lesson learned is that Driver Inc. companies can be identified and pulled off the road before a serious collision occurs. Enforcement at all levels of government should focus on Driver Inc.’s carriers, CTA says. This application began in Ontario and is now to be vigorously extended across Canada by provincial and federal governments, including tax, labor, workers’ compensation and road safety agencies.
To protect newcomers to Canada who want to make Canada their home and work in the trucking industry, CTA advocates a trusted or known employer program. These workers should only be allowed to work for compliant fleets that meet Canadian labor and safety standards so that they and their families can prosper and enjoy all the benefits of our great nation, the CTA said. The Liberal Government’s Policy Platform is committed to building a Trusted Employer System to streamline application processes for Canadian businesses hiring temporary foreign workers to fill labor shortages. artwork.
CTA will work with the Government of Canada to ensure that Driver Inc. companies no longer have access to foreign labor and that the Trusted Employer program is extended to all related immigration programs. to trucking. CTA never wants to see yet another newcomer to Canada abused by a fleet of Driver Inc .; there are many excellent and compliant fleets of trucks that are eager to employ these new Canadians and would help them thrive as professionals and members of Canadian communities.
An immediate opportunity to improve truck safety, which is contained in CTA’s Ten-Point Action Plan to Improve Commercial Vehicle Safety, is to ensure that all provinces fully implement the logbook requirement. electronic board (ELD) for trucking companies by June 2022. This enforcement action will put an end to an important aspect of Driver Inc.’s business model of ignoring hours of service rules, which puts all endangered road users.
CTA calls on the Government of Canada, provinces and major buyers of private and public sector transportation services to continue working with CTA to improve truck safety by targeting enforcement resources where it matters most – by eliminating the practice of Driver Inc .; implement a trusted / known employer program for all trucking immigration programs and ensure that the ELD mandate is fully implemented by June 2022.
Canadian Trucking Alliance
Marco Beghetto, Vice-President, Communications