The City Council in Toronto, Ontario, is considering whether
to ban truck deliveries at peak traffic times in the busy downtown core.
Toronto is not only a big city, but it is an old city, with
narrow streets and alleyways.
City Councilor Michael Walker was expected this week to
propose that the city tow away trucks blocking traffic for deliveries from 7 to
10 a.m., and 3 to 6 p.m.
The Ontario Trucking Association and the Owner-Operators’ Business
Association of Canada, two associations that don’t always see eye-to-eye on
trucking issues because their constituency differs within the industry, issued
separate statements against the proposed Toronto truck ban.
“Delivery schedules are not established by the trucking
industry,” David Bradley, president of OTA, said in a media statement. “Our
customers – in this case the businesses located in the downtown core – dictate
when and where our trucks pick up and deliver goods.”
Bradley said few businesses have staff around the clock to
ship and receive goods.
OBAC Executive Director Joanne Ritchie told Land Line she echoes the OTA statement on this issue.
“The trucks are on demand,” she said. “They’re only there
because that’s what the customer wants.”
Both Bradley and Ritchie said they would welcome off-peak
delivery times if customers wanted to move in that direction, but they would
not support the proposed truck ban.
Bradley added that cars are the major contributors to the
congestion problems in downtown Toronto, and until the city does more to get
more people car-pooling and using public transit, the issue will not get
– David Tanner, staff writer