This is a reminder that CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week July 9-15, 2023 is in full swing this week.

In 2022 CVSA said the top driver-related factors in fatal crashes involving commercial motor vehicles were speeding, impairment, and distraction (texting). This led to 9,110 crashes last year, and 71 fatalities the most collisions involving the large trucks. The highest amount in more than 10 years, according to a release from
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO).

Just a friendly reminder to all Truck Drivers that there are strict federal rules covering how many hours a commercial driver can be on the road. Drivers cannot exceed 13 hours and must have 10 hours off-duty time in a day. Eight hours of that off-duty time must be consecutive. Also, in 2019, Transport Canada introduced the requirement for certain drivers who cross provincial or territorial borders to have electronic logging devices for their hours.

Those devices replaced the practice of logging hours by paper and aimed to combat driver fatigue by ensuring log books couldn’t be falsified.

The regulations have been enforced since January 2023, with penalties in Ontario set between $250 and $20,000.

In all circumstances, it’s better to be safe than sorry.


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