Approximately 200 dump truck drivers made their way to Queen’s Park this morning to protest a ministry regulation they say unfairly targets operators.
The drivers started their journey in the Dixie Road and Derry Road area of Brampton and made their way southbound on the 410, eastbound on the 401, southbound on the 427, and eastbound on the Gardiner. The convoy exited the Gardiner onto University Avenue with the trucks making their way to the provincial legislature.
A spokesperson for the Ontario Dump Truck Association tells Breakfast Television that the legislation, which goes in to effect on Jan. 1, will force truck drivers to retrofit their vehicles with their own money.
The spokesperson says the cost associated with the refurbishment will be in the 20 to 30 thousand dollar range. Drivers will be forced to bare the cost while many already face financial struggles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UPDATE: Dump trucks are now starting to leave Queen's Park to travel back to Brampton. NB Queen's Park Crescent remains CLOSED from College to Bloor. pic.twitter.com/lUhidSWQqj
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The trucks arrived at Queen’s Park around 9:30 a.m. and eventually made their way back to Brampton.