TORONTO, Ont. — The Province of Ontario has begun consultation
sessions on the legalization of marijuana and has asked stakeholders to
provide it with input on how the introduction of drug could impact
their sector and how government could develop a responsible policy
“Historically drug and alcohol use among commercial drivers has not
been a safety issue in the Province of Ontario, and the Ontario Trucking
Association (OTA), wants to keep it that way,” said Ontario Trucking
Association’s Jonathan Blackham. “Operating commercial vehicles comes
with an added responsibility and strong commitment to road safety.
Ontario needs to make sure that all vehicle operators understand that
operating a motorized vehicle under the influence of marijuana will
carry strong consequences,” added Blackham.
Statistics show operators of large commercial vehicles are much less
likely to be impaired by alcohol or drugs than all other motorists.
OTA supports the Canadian Trucking Alliance position that the
trucking industry, regardless of the legal status of marijuana, should
be held to a zero-tolerance policy for being under the influence of
marijuana while at work.
The OTA will also be working with the province of on comprehensive
workplace testing policies, a review of the duty to accommodate, and the
benefits/impediments to establishing differing sobriety levels for
commercial drivers and passenger vehicles, similar to those policies
currently deployed for safety sensitive positions.
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