Proposed truck ban in Toronto referred to committee

| 2/3/2006

The city council of Canada’s largest city, Toronto, failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to ban truck deliveries during rush hour in the downtown core.

The result of the vote, Thursday, Feb. 2, means a referral of the motion to the Works Committee, which will schedule public hearings.

Councilor Mike Walker earlier this week proposed a truck-delivery ban from 7 to 10 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.

The motion drew opposition from all corners of the trucking industry, from the Ontario Trucking Association and the Owner-Operators’ Business Association of Canada.

OTA President David Bradley released a follow-up statement saying he will make a strong presentation to the committee when hearings are scheduled.

OTA and OBAC’s biggest complaint is that customers set delivery times, not truckers, and any measure to curb deliveries during rush hour would have to target business channels and not the trucking industry.