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Why thousands of unsafe commercial vehicles remain on Ontario roads

According to the 2019 Annual Report of the Auditor General of Ontario, the ministry has not inspected more than half of Ontario’s commercial vehicle carriers in the past two years and the number of vehicles inspected each year has decreased significantly.

The Auditor General recommends the Ministry of Transportation create a province-wide staffing plan to hire more enforcement officers and that enforcement officers are being regularly reviewed on productivity targets to increase roadside inspections. It is also recommended that random drug and alcohol testing is enforced for commercial vehicle drivers to reduce the risk of collisions involving impaired driving.

Based on the report’s findings, the Ministry of Transportation has agreed with the Auditor General’s recommendation to increase roadside inspections and reduce impaired driving involving commercial vehicle drivers.