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Ontario NDP wants Conservative government to take steps to end ‘highway carnage’

The opposition New Democrats want the Ford government to end what they call “highway carnage”. And they’re laying the blame on trucker training and testing.

Following a weekend that included a snowplow operator being killed in a collision with a transport, a Queen’s Park news conference quoted stats from the auditor general.

They show drivers tested by their driving school for a licence have a 95% pass rate.  At Drive Test Centres, it’s 69%. And 25 percent of companies that do their own testing are among the worst for at-fault collisions.

Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof says good schools and good drivers are not universal. Vanthof says it’s the government’s responsibility to correct that.

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“We’re going to continue to push to make sure that all the schools are producing quality drivers and that the provincial government has enough people on the road to provide enforcement, to make sure that trucks on the road are safe.”

Vanthof says some drivers aren’t aware that they’re driving “40-ton missiles”, and wouldn’t pass on hills and curves.

**Written by Bob McIntyre

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