Media Release: Town of Lincoln collaborates with MTO on spring 2022 Truck Safety Blitz

Media Release: Town of Lincoln collaborates with MTO on spring 2022 Truck Safety Blitz

 

Lincoln, ON – (May 26, 2022) – Earlier this week, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) initiated a safety blitz on Lincoln roadways, as part of its ongoing partnership with the Town of Lincoln to increase their presence and keep the community safe. MTO officers focused this latest initiative on patrolling bypass routes (both Regional and Town roads) throughout the community for truck traffic avoiding the inspection station located on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) between Vineland and Beamsville in Lincoln.

As with previous blitzes, an increased volume of marked Ministry of Transportation cruisers in the core of Beamsville and Vineland allowed for traffic stops to be visible to the public. Several vehicles had specific business on the routes, but those determined to be bypassing were brought back to the inspection station for full inspection.

The statistics from the May 24 initiative include:

  • 27 commercial vehicles stopped by an MTO officer
  • 13 vehicles inspected
  • 8 Provincial Offence Notices were laid for various issues found
  • 6 vehicles were placed out of service for mechanical issues (22%)
  • 1 license plate was seized today for mechanical defects

“I am very pleased at the results of the recent safety blitz, a product of the continued collaboration between the Town of Lincoln and the MTO,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “A special thank you to the MTO for taking the initiative to visit Lincoln this spring and for your commitment to our community – we look forward to continuing this partnership and working towards our common goal of road safety for everyone.”

“We have heard residents’ concerns about road safety and are proactively addressing what matters most to community members,” said the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Michael Kirkopoulos. “Through these collaborative initiatives and consistent enforcement, we will continue to see a reduction of truck traffic in core areas of Lincoln.”

More information on truck safety in Lincoln and previous safety blitzes is available at our Speak Up Lincoln public engagement site, speakuplincoln.ca/truck-traffic.

Background on Truck Safety Initiatives in Lincoln

In April 2019, Lincoln Council approved a resolution regarding truck safety in Lincoln which addressed community concerns related to truck traffic and identified several action items to address the concerns. In the short term, the Beamsville Truck Route is planned to redirect truck traffic out of the downtown area of Beamsville and along Bartlett Road and Durham Road.

The Town has taken a proactive approach to enforcement of truck traffic – first, by consistently targeting trucks that are using Town arterial routes to bypass the QEW inspection station; as well, through proactive monitoring and enforcement of any local activities that may contribute to increased truck traffic in core areas.

In the longer term, the Niagara Escarpment Crossing Project will be a new north-south truck route on Park Road (Bartlett Avenue) in Grimsby. This route supports the need identified in the Niagara Region Transportation Master Plan for a new north-south escarpment crossing linking the QEW with Highway 20 and will offset the implications of high commercial vehicle traffic travelling through urban and residential areas within the west Niagara communities of Lincoln and Grimsby.

The Town’s Transportation Master Plan developed comprehensive strategies for the movement of goods which requires ongoing partnership with the Niagara Region and other key agencies such as the Minister of Transportation and Niagara Region Police Services.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205

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