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A recent CBC News article that criticizes the safety performance of trucks hauling waste across the province failed to tell the whole story.

The article cites statistics provided by the Ministry of Transportation, stating “on average 22.7% of trucks inspected in Ontario are pulled off the road; those hauling garbage at 30.5%.”

However, the CBC chose to not include any comments from the waste management sector and failed to explain how safety performance is actually measured in the province.

As those in the industry know, Ontario has a comprehensive regulatory system in place to maintain and enforce safety standards under the Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) program.

The CBC exclusively referred to the inspection of trucking fleets in its article, but that is only one component of the program used by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to measure overall safety performance.

The Ministry establishes safety ratings using the following three weighted CVOR categories: collisions, convictions, and inspections.

This system provides the ability to measure safety performance (despite favouring long-haul fleets) and is used by waste management companies and municipalities to establish safety requirements in their contracts with haulers.

Unfortunately, CVOR was not mentioned anywhere in the CBC’s article.

The Ontario Waste Management Association and its members are committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety on our roads. Although the MTO has not raised concerns about road safety with our sector, we continue to work with officials at the Ministry to strengthen overall performance.

Individual companies and municipalities continue to improve the safety performance of their trucking fleets, and the sector is working together, as a whole, to develop sound best management practices to keep the province’s roads safe.

Despite working in difficult conditions, the waste management sector supports maintaining uniform rules across the province that are properly enforced.