Toronto rescinds ban on trucks in downtown area

| 3/10/2006

The methodology was OK, but the idea to ban trucks in the downtown core of Canada’s largest city seemed unreasonable not only for truckers, but for Toronto businesses as well.

A city councilman there, Mike Walker, moved several weeks back to ban truck deliveries in the downtown core from 7 to 10 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m.

After hours of testimony at a public hearing and an outcry from truckers and business owners, the Toronto City Council opted to take the issue under advisement, and forego imposing a ban.

That was a relief to all just-in-time deliverers, but Toronto is a bustling city with narrow streets in business areas, and some kind of solution to congestion is needed, according to city officials.

Trucks making daytime deliveries often add to the congestion when they are forced to double park.