CTA’s 10-point plan aims to bring safety to trucking, including preventing distracted driving

Published: July 17, 2018



Improving safety across driving industries and combatting infractions like distracted driving are the focus of a new 10-point action plan published by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

Toronto-based CTA is a national representative for 4,500 carriers and has provincial divisions in Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Montreal and Moncton, New Brunswick.

Released last week, the action plan highlights ways the CTA and local trucking associations around the country are working to harden parameters around issues such as distracted driving and working hours. CTA says its plan fits into ongoing collaboration with Transport Canada and local governments.

“Our board took the position that there were multiple opportunities to improve truck safety strategically,” CTA President Stephen Laskowski told Transport Topics. “The fact of the matter is there are opportunities to raise the bar with truck safety, in particular if we emphasize those small percentages of carriers and drivers that don’t embrace the culture of safety or compliance.”

The first of the 10 points in the action plan details a commitment by the CTA to introduce regulations that will make all carriers to have electronic logging devices in all vehicles by the end of 2019.

Canada’s proposed ELD rule applies only to federally regulated carriers, which are defined as those that operate across provincial boundaries and into the United States. Provincial governments will have to adopt their own laws for the mandate to apply to carriers that operate only within individual provinces.

“From an industry perspective, we would like to see that rule enforced by the end of 2019 or early 2020,” Laskowski said.

Other points in the plan include working with government groups and vehicle manufacturers to test the feasibility of in-development technologies. Among those technologies are forward-facing cameras, distracted driving prevention and monitoring devices, and driver assistance software.