Tow truck rushing to crash scene clocked at over 100 km/h in Brampton, driver charged: police

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Published December 13, 2023 at 8:43 am

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Police say a tow truck driver has been taken off the road after being caught speeding in Brampton on Dec. 11, 2023. (Photo: Peel Regional Police)

Police are reminding tow truck drivers that they aren’t above following the rules of the road after an operator was taken off the road in Brampton.

Peel Regional Police said officers were in the area of McLaughlin Road and Bovaird Drive West around 9 p.m. on Tuesday when they spotted a speeding tow truck.

Officers clocked the driver travelling at 112 km/h in a 70 km/h zone and say the driver was headed to a crash scene when they were stopped.

Police hit the driver with stunt driving charges and say the tow truck has been impounded.

“Speeding is unacceptable, even if you are driving a tow truck and making your way to a collision scene,” police said in a post on social media.

Police have been cracking down on tow truck drivers behaving badly on Ontario roads, including a safety blitz last month that saw 30 trucks inspected and a total of 21 taken out of service.

One driver was found to have traces of cannabis in their system leading to a driver’s licence suspension, while other infractions included faulty brake lines, insecure loads, no secondary means of attachment and improperly classed licences.

Brampton City Council is also pushing back against upcoming changes to Ontario’s tow truck industry that could see Brampton taxpayers left with a more than $200,000 annual loss in licensing fees.

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