2018 does not seem to be a good year for trucking safety in Ontario.
The OPP have reported that on average, there has been a 38% increase in fatalities involving transport trucks.
Peter Turner is the owner and operator of Realities of Trucking, a lobbying firm that advocates for the shipping industry to the Provincial and Federal Governments.
Turner says that this increase in fatalities is because the OPP and the Ministry of Transportation haven’t been doing a proper job training and enforcing the laws.
In Ontario’s North East, the percentage of fatalities has raised 900% from last year.
But we need to keep numbers in perspective.
John G Smith is the editor of Today’s Trucking Magazine and says that’s important to keep in mind, because that 900% increase translates to nine deaths this year, compared to one death last year.
So far, there have been 33 fatal accidents involving tractor trailers, where 41 people were killed.