The New Democrat MPP for Mushkegowuk James Bay believes a recent survey completed by the Ontario Truckers Association shows an urgent need for improved safety measures including the passing of his proposed private members bill.
Guy Bourgouin says this all could be cleared up when MPPs return to Queen’s Park next month.
“And the government has the power to pass it right now because I have seen those right before the break, and they can pass this bill pretty quick to address the number one concern of truckers and that is unsafe passing by other vehicles and all types of vehicles.”
Bourguouin’s bill would make it illegal to pass on a double solid line. Another concern by truck drivers was the lack of rest areas.
Bourgouin says the province has announced that several more are being built including one near Driftwood on Highway 11.
“There’s one right before Constance Lake the government done but we need more and the trucker are asking for more,” he said. “But also with washrooms because they can go to the washroom and if they want to spend the night they can at least they can have a rest area that can address that concern.”
Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof says the survey results highlight what they’ve been advocating for years.
“When our highways are unsafe and poorly maintained, lives are lost and our province is cut in half when truck drivers can’t complete their routes,” he said. “Failing to make those common-sense solutions the law is not just negligence – it’s worse; live are on the line. Our solutions are backed by data, supported by advocates and bolstered by community support. The time for the Conservatives to make Northern Ontario highway safer is now.”