Seeking Volunteers for OSSGA’s 2019 Student Design Competition November 6, 2018
OSSGA is looking for a pit or quarry to serve as the host site for the 2019 Student Design Competition. Members must have a geo-referenced computer drawing of the final rehabilitation plan, PDF copies of your site plans, and be required to provide multiple tours for participating students. The program challenges Ontario university and college students to put their design skills to work by creating a rehabilitation design that maximizes the opportunities that the site will offer.
OSSGA Comments on Media Coverage of TARBA's Report on Recycling November 2, 2018
TVO published an analysis of TARBA's recent report on the use of recycled aggregate in Ontario's municipalities. OSSGA's Norm Cheesman comments.
TARBA Launches Campaign to Improve Recycling Practices in Municipalities Across Ontario October 25, 2018
A new study released today identifies the municipalities in Ontario that are doing a poor job of recycling concrete and asphalt. The research report, which collected information on the recycling practices of larger communities across Ontario, identifies the municipal "Laggards" – as well as the "Leaders" – in reusing aggregate recovered from construction sites. The report has been released to media in the hope of generating improvement in the recycling policies and practices of the municipalities that are currently 'Lagging' in the effort.
Calling All Speakers! July 19, 2018
Agricultural Impact Assessment July 13, 2018
OSSGA's Land Use Committee reviewed the EBR posting and the guidance documents and identified a number of areas of concern which include the 1km area of study, potential inconsistencies with the PPS and harmonization with other regulatory instraments. A meeting has been held with OMAFRA to discuss OSSGA's concerns and we continue to work with them to resolve these issues. Please view OSSGA's submission here.
Axle-Weight Pilot: Weigh-ins are Underway June 28, 2018
The Axle-Weight Pilot has been extended for another year. Last year, 400 data points were collected. The goal of the pilot is to collect 1,000 data points. MTO has agreed to staff weigh-scales to help collect data over the coming weeks. The scale lights will NOT be on – trucks will simply enter the scale, weigh-in, and be off on their way.
OSSGA Submits Comments on “Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017” June 28, 2018
OSSGA, in consultation with its members, submitted comments on the proposed "Guidance to Support Implementation of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017".

Axle Weight Pilot Project Now Running

June 1, 2017 at 10:31 AM

NEW:  AXLE WEIGHT Data collection has been extended for the 2018 season.

The pilot program outlined below resulted in more than 140 trucks participating and more than 300 data points collected.  The program has been expanded to run to the end of 2018.

If you  would like to become a part of the program, please contact ncheesman@ossga.com.

 

 

From July 2017:

OSSGA Needs Aggregate Producers to Help Recruit Truckers
 
The Axle Weight Pilot Project was launched on May 15th in cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation, the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA), The Ontario Aggregate Truckers Association (OATA) and the Ontario Road Builders Association (ORBA).
 
The objective of the pilot project is to develop a database that will help standardize the way allowable gross weights and axle weights are collected, stored and used for compliance.  After some initial testing in week 1 of the pilot, it was determined that the most effective way to move forward is to carry out the measure up, issue new digital white sheets, and capture actual data from MTO scales on the pilot trucks – regardless of whether they are in or out of compliance.  This data will quantify how vehicles are performing under real life conditions.

As you know, the ‘Axle Weight’ issue has been on-going for many years in Ontario. Here’s your chance to be part of the solution to solve this problem. For the pilot to be a success, we need a total of 225 trucks of various types and manufacturers to gather enough data.

We still need trucks. We had great participation in week 1 of the pilot – let’s keep the momentum going!  We have included a flyer that we would like you to distribute to your vendors at the scale house.  Or, even better, if you are able to call your vendors directly to encourage them to join the pilot, you can help ensure its success!
 
How the pilot program will work
 
We are looking for a total of 225 truck drivers to volunteer to enter a pilot that will track actual weights observed at MTO scales for the purposes of better understanding of how vehicles perform under real life conditions.

  • The trucks will be measured up and issued with a new ‘digital white sheet’ with the vehicle’s theoretical gross weight (same form as today, only digital).
  • Information will be entered into a new online database that shippers will use during the 2017 pilot period (ending December 31, 2017).
  • Trucks will be issued a numbered sticker that is easily recognizable at MTO scales and shipping locations.

Why should drivers, trucking company owners or fleet owners participate?

  • A major advantage to participating in the pilot is that you will be able to see all of your data – every time you, or one of your trucks crosses an MTO scale.  This will enable you to better understand your equipment, and have the confidence to know your max load.  And as we move from the information gathering stage to the policy development stage, your experience will help shape the future of the industry.
  • You will be helping to collect real data on axle weights so that the long-term solution works.
  • Be the first! Data collected will be used to determine potential policy or legislative changes.
  • We need 225 trucks – of various types and manufacturers to gather enough data for the pilot. 

What do you need to do as a shipper during the pilot?

  • Help recruit 225 truckers
  • Use the database throughout the pilot period (to December 15, 2017) to check GVW and load appropriately

 

This is an exciting pilot project that will help define the transportation of aggregate in Ontario. Be a part of it!