Trailer door wide open as transport truck travels on Hwy. 401

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Published March 7, 2023 at 3:57 pm

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Canada Road Safety Week 2023 is being recognized in May, but at least one transport truck driver who rolled along Hwy. 401 near Mississauga early this morning (March 7) could use some safety tips right away.

The trucker had video footage taken from behind of his large cab and trailer moving at highway speed on Hwy. 401 in Toronto with one of the two trailer doors flung wide open.

Although the footage, which can be seen below, does not clearly show what type of load is being carried in the trailer, it is clear that some items are being transported in the trailer.

The video was posted to Twitter (401_da_sarpanch) and it prompted a number of responses from commenters.

One suggested that trailers need “a light on the nose (of the cab) that turns on that can alert the driver when a door is open.”

Another who responded said, simply, tongue firmly in cheek: “Nice circle check.”

In addition to Canada Road Safety Week 2023, which runs May 16 to 22, Peel Regional Police operate several truck inspection safety blitzes throughout the year in Mississauga and Brampton in an effort to spread the safety message and penalize offenders.

In some cases, when necessary, cops take the trucks off the road.

Peel cops who take part in the commercial vehicle safety blitzes are trained to identify mechanical and other issues with trucks that could pose a threat to the vehicle itself as well as other drivers on the road.

At last count, Peel police have a team of 12 to 14 Road Safety officers who are trained and certified to inspect trucks for safety issues.

Team members look for any issues with things such as steering, brakes and tires, the body and frame of the truck, suspensions, load security and they also do a visual inspection underneath.

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