The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) today unveiled its new Ontario 511 app designed help truck drivers and carrier operations staff locate opportune on-highway service facilities, among other features.
Driven by a rapid reduction of truck parking, washroom and access to food service facilities for truck drivers in the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the app provides new, detailed information on parking and rest areas available to drivers as well as locations that have come online to support the supply chain by providing food and other services to drivers.
“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis Minister Mulroney has been a great leader and provided ongoing assistance to the Ontario trucking industry,” said Stephen Laskowski, president, Ontario Trucking Association. “The introduction of the app features assists drivers in finding locations where they can be served meals, use washrooms and have a safe place to rest is another testament of Minister Mulroney’s commitment to the professional truck driver community. Drivers and carriers now have, at their fingertips, an abundance of information on accessible food service providers as well as newly-developed rest areas for drivers – many of which have been created at the direction of Minster Mulroney. The creation of this app is much appreciated and comes at a perfect time for the hard-working drivers out on the roads helping to steer Ontarians out of this crisis.”
In addition, information is also available for drivers that includes access to MTO weather cameras located across the province, which provide real-time video of road conditions on provincially controlled highways. A number of trip planning options are also included in the app.
The app, available free of charge for Apple App Store or Android Google Play devices, also provides feedback options that will allow for continuous improvement of the App to suit the needs of truck drivers operating in Ontario.
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