Vehicle collisions involving trucks can seem like a regular occurrence on Canadian roads. However, the facts tell a different story.
According to the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), trucks are the safest vehicles on the road, making up, on average, less than 3% of all vehicles involved in collisions.
Here is how and why the trucking industry is leading the way when it comes to road safety.
Safety is good for business
The necessity for trucking safety is a no-brainer from a business perspective.
The fewer trucks that are involved in road incidents, the more likely our freight will arrive on time without incurring damage to the product, injury to the driver, or fines from the province’s Ministry of Transportation.
Driving with too heavy a load or an unsafe load can carry fines in the tens of thousands of dollars. Collisions can cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, depending on the damage to the truck, the freight, other vehicles involved in the collision, and personal injuries.
If you want to stay in business in the trucking industry, safety has to always be top of mind.
The OTA has been working with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) to improve the Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration and facility audit standards so there is an increased focus on carriers and drivers who are repeatedly caught breaking the rules.
This type of collaboration has led to other successes in road safety. As an example, the OTA efforts led to Ontario becoming the first jurisdiction in North America to put speed limiters on all trucks in the province. This has led to a 73% reduction in truck crashes, according to an MTO study.
Constantly striving to make roads safer
Part of the reason large truck fatalities have plummeted by one-third in places like Ontario since 1990, despite a 62% increase in large truck registrations, is because provincial and national trucking associations are constantly striving to improve both the industry and overall road safety.
Recently, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) called for a national motor carrier entry standard that all companies must complete before being allowed to start their business.
This plea by the CTA was in direct response to the Humbolt Broncos bus crash of April 2018.
“High performing truck drivers are not only a product of their continuous commitment to their profession, but are a reflection of the culture of compliance and training of their carrier,” said CTA chairman Scott Smith. “The perfect equation of truck safety includes a committed carrier and driver, and we must begin ensuring that every carrier that enters and remains in our sector understands and is committed to that.”
It is this kind of forward-thinking that will help to ensure that Canadian roads continue to get safer.
If you’d like to know more about how Minimax keeps our drivers safe, or if you’re interested in driving or working with Minimax, please contact us.