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Tow away Brinks, Canada Post trucks clogging traffic, says John Tory

07/17/2014 11:17 EDT | Updated 09/16/2014 05:59 EDT
John Tory says as mayor he would start towing vehicles making deliveries in Toronto during rush hour, including Canada Post trucks.

Tory has identified congestion as a major hurdle for Toronto, and says he is looking at all its contributing factors. Delivery trucks and construction were his focus on Thursday morning, revealing more details of his plan to ease gridlock in the city.

Tory says he recognizes "business is business," but it's unfair to the rest of the city that a delivery be made during rush hour, blocking the traffic for the rest of the city. He says the best way to combat this is to enforce the existing laws.

He says he would start with Canada Post trucks making deliveries, and then an armoured Brink's truck.

"It just takes a few vehicles to be towed away to get the attention of these companies," the candidate said. "You tow away a truck full of money and people get the message."

Tory would not introduce new ideas to keep tow trucks from clogging the lanes. The city, he says, already has both the tools and ideas to help solve the problem. "Look at the laws and enforce the laws," he says about towing delivery vehicles. 

He says council came up with a plan to only allow delivery times outside of rush hour, and to create special parking spots for deliveries that weren't on major arteries. But it has not acted on these.

"This is an example of the city not following through on its own good ideas," he says. "It just hasn't really been done."

He says construction is another problem. He says this is a matter of better coordination. He would personally take charge of organizing construction by launching and chairing a construction coordination committee.

He identifies around the clock work on street construction as a way to get projects and upgrades done faster, vowing "more work on a 24-hour basis using shift work."

He also says the city is currently "tears up every street in the same area", making certain areas traffic hot spots. 

"This is a source of great frustration," he says. "We need to start taking action to get this city moving and I intend to do that."

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