Over the past five years, Caledon has seen a 40 per cent increase in complaints about illegal trucking operations in the urban industrial area. Last week the issue was brought up before council.
Councillors heard how difficult it was to tackle the issue given the paucity of resources and staff required to crack down on truck operators and owners.
So far, the there is very little deterrence apart from sign enforcement.
With a proactive bylaw, Caledon could see productive action in enforcing illegal trucking operations, as they had seen some court success in the past year. However, the only legal instrument the town has is its zoning bylaw, as well as property standards, but the penalty imposed is definitely not enough to curb the problem.
For bylaws to get more teeth, what the bylaw division would need would be a legislative move in a proactive bylaw, and a bigger budget from the council.
Illegal transportation depots are now responsible for 50 per cent of the complaints to the bylaw department.
By some estimates there are around 100 properties in the area that are essentially used as truck parking lots. -CINEWS