Taxi’s & Tow Trucks Beware – 2 Day Spring Commercial Vehicle Safety Initiative

Update:

Row of various Toronto Taxi's at a designated Taxi Stand.  Taxi's and Tow Trucks will be targeted over the next two (2) days in a safety blitz.  In addition to the actual safety of the vehicle (mechanical and otherwise) Taxi driver's will have all the by-laws that pertain to them (ie- is the trip sheet up to date and accurate) by by-law officers
Row of various Toronto Taxi’s at a designated Taxi Stand. Taxi’s and Tow Trucks and other vehicles will be targeted over the next two (2) days in a safety blitz. In addition to the actual safety of the vehicle (mechanical and otherwise) Taxi and Tow Truck driver’s will have all the by-laws that pertain to them (ie- is the trip sheet up to date and accurate) carefully inspected by by-law officers.

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For the fifth (5th) year in a row, police will be conducting the Spring Commercial Vehicle Safety Initiative.

Last year, there was a 23% failure rate attributed to the vehicles pulled over. In addition to the safety failure rates of commercial vehicles, police found that drivers did not possess valid driver’s licences, vehicle registration and auto insurance, in some cases, leading to the arrest of the driver’s of the commercial vehicles pulled over.

Tow Truck, with a vehicle attached
Tow Truck, with a vehicle attached

Police will be targeting tow trucks and taxi’s and other vehicles on the highways and streets of Toronto in a “spring safety blitz”. The safety blitz will be put on by Toronto Police 23 Division and will start on April 8, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. and April 9, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.

New York State Police will attend the Spring Commercial Vehicle Safety Initiative
New York State Police will attend the Spring Commercial Vehicle Safety Initiative

The inspection of these vehicles for roadworthiness and safety will be conducted by police, along with employees of the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of the Environment.

To ensure that the operators of tow trucks and taxi’s are complying with municipal by-laws, employees of the Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards will be on hand to issue tickets.

The inspections will take place at the Woodbine Race Track (which has large parking lots to accommodate many vehicles undergoing inspection simultaneously) at the north-west parking lot, located at 555 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M9W 5L2 (416) 675-7223.

This safety initiative will be a joint−force operation involving the Toronto Police Service with:

  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • Peel Regional Police,
  • York Regional Police,
  • Halton Regional Police
    Service,
  • South Simcoe Police Services,
  • Waterloo Regional Police Service,
  • Ministry of
    Transportation,
  • Ministry of the Environment,
  • Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards; and
  • The New York State Police
The inspections will take place at the Woodbine Race Track (which has large parking lots to accommodate many vehicles undergoing inspection simultaneously) at the north-west parking lot, located at 555 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M9W 5L2
The inspections will take place at the Woodbine Race Track (which has large parking lots to accommodate many vehicles undergoing inspection simultaneously) at the north-west parking lot, located at 555 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M9W 5L2

 

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