Today's protest from dump truck drivers may have little impact on Toronto cyclists, since it is being limited to the expressways. Of course, there will be spill-over in the congestion, just like north end cyclists saw last night when part of the 401 was closed. All nearby arterial streets became parking lots, overflowing into the neighbourhood streets.
Drivers are complaining about overloaded trucks, long hours and high diesel prices.
The part of the story that concerned me was this:
``The brake system is designed for a load of 21 tonnes. When the truck is eight or nine tonnes overloaded, the momentum doesn't let you stop unless you really stand on the brakes."
That'll definitely be on my mind next time I take the lane in front of a dump truck.
Through various media outlets, the drivers are asking for public support, which makes one ask where the responsibility lies. The drivers may not know the exact weight of their load, but surely they can eye the difference between 21 tonnes of gravel and 29 tonnes. Once leaving the work site, it's the driver who gets charged, but the drivers are blaming the contractors they work with.