UXBRIDGE: A recent truck safety blitz in Uxbridge raised questions from members of coucil regarding the safety of local roads.
Details of the blitz emerged at a recent council meeting, causing Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor to call on the provincial Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to increase their efforts to keep unsafe trucks parked.
Earlier this month, the MTO held a two-day safety campaign in Uxbridge that saw 35 trucks tagged for inspection at Uxbridge Arena. The inspections yielded a total of 28 charges laid relating to unsafe operation, while 37 per cent of trucks stopped were taken off the road.
Mayor O’Connor was vocal in the wake of the results of the blitz in asking more more efforts from the MTO to ensure the safety of roads within Uxbridge Township.
"Considering the number of trucks going through this municipality, I think we should be asking for more blitzes," said Mayor O’Connor.
It was also requested that the MTO set up additional blitzes on weekends to contend with the truck traffic passing through Uxbridge en route to the ongoing project at Greenbank Airport.
"If you saw the condition of the trucks that are coming through to our friends over here on a Saturday, I don’t even know how they get loaded and not fall down or fall apart," commented Mayor O’Connor. "The same trucks that run during the week are not the ones running Saturday."
However, Township Public Works Director Ben Kester shed some light on the numbers, explaining that they may only represent a small sample of trucks passing through the municipality.
"To put this into context, they are only going to stop the ones which they think are poor looking. They’re not going to stop a brand new Mack or Kenworth truck, they’re going to pick and choose who they stop," Mr. Kester explained.