TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is
urging the provincial government to ensure a zero tolerance enforcement
for truck driver pot use.
In a submission this week to the Standing Committee on Justice
Policy, OTA laid out the potential impacts of both recreational and
medicinal marijuana legalization on the trucking industry.
“Ontario truck drivers have an exemplary safety record and are
statistically far less likely to be driving while impaired than all
other vehicle drivers – and we’d like to keep it that way,” says OTA
president Stephen Laskowski. “Legalization will carry greater risks for
motor carriers and we are asking for the necessary tools to mitigate
OTA supports a strict approach that ensures all six classes of
commercial driver’s licenses and G class drivers operating commercial
vehicles are included in a zero-tolerance policy.
Furthermore, OTA is asking the government to follow the U.S. approach
of not differentiating between recreational and medical use of
marijuana among drivers.
“If the true goal is public safety for all road users then it
shouldn’t matter whether it’s being used for recreational or medicinal
purposes,” says Laskowski. “Commercial drivers are already held to the
highest standards of safety and this shouldn’t be any different.
“It is imperative employers be allowed to apply workplace measures
that will mitigate additional safety risks to employees and the public
that legalized marijuana could bring. It is essential Ontario and Canada
provide employers legislative and regulatory backing for being
proactive and doing the right thing.”
OTA says it looks forward to the government’s response and will
continue working with the Canadian Trucking Alliance to spread a similar
message across Canada.
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