CHEAP SEATS: Time to talk about trucks on the highway
The time has clearly come for this province, this entire country, to have a sensible conversation about tractor-trailers travelling on snow covered highways.
This is not a knock on drivers, who by and large are safe – if not the safest – drivers on the road.
But if two, or three, or even four cars crash on a highway, it’s a bother. If several trucks do, well you get what happened on the 401 Tuesday – and which lasted through Wednesday.
Including people dying.
In fact, Ontario Truck Driver of the Year Justin Martin said it best when he noted that when drivers have a bad day, people potentially die.
The reality is that trucks have more potential to cause more damage, and that potential increases significantly during bad weather.
We ground airplanes during bad weather for the same reasons.
And truth be told, there is nothing we ship by truck that is worth someone dying over.
The trouble is truck drivers need to make a living and trucking companies need to make money to employ the drivers. They can’t afford to tell their customers they won’t make their deliveries in bad weather.
But the government can. In the interest of public safety, it has to.
I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see things From the Cheap Seats
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