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Dear MPP X,
 
I am writing today to ask for your help. In early 2020, during a pandemic and without any notification or warning, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation moved forward with requirements that dump trucks older than 15 years undergo expensive SPIF retrofits ($20,000 – $40,000); operate at significantly reduced capacity or get off the road.
 
Enforcement began on Jan 1, 2020 and many trucks can no longer be used. The trucks pose no safety risk as the SPIF regulations are designed to reduce wear and tear on the roads and save costs. While this is a worthwhile goal, the older trucks should have been grandfathered as were other impacted trucks such as cement trucks and fuel trailers which are permitted to operate for 20-25 years. Only dump trucks were not accommodated. 
 
The pandemic has already hit our industry hard. Now we are being forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars on perfectly good trucks or buy new trucks costing $250,000 -$300,000.  
 
Dump truck drivers are essential workers who help build roads, bridges, hospitals and homes all across the province. We do not believe your government would want to put undue hardship on people, especially in these difficult times. 
 
I ask that you work with Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney to resolve this issue and let people get back to work. 
 
Sincerely, 
XXX

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