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Caledon OPP charge tow truck drivers who were not called to attend collision scene

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Police say three drivers without proper licences showed up to Highway 9 tractor-trailer crash


Caledon OPP laid 15 charges against tow truck drivers who showed up at the scene of a crash on May 31 without being asked and without proper licensing.


Tow trucks are bound by a variety of rules, both provincial and municipal,” police said in a news release.


Police said the crash was on May 31 on Highway 9 near Heart Lake Road. A tractor-trailer partially drove into a ditch, blocking most of the roadway.


An officer came across the scene minutes after the collision and arranged road closures and began the process of clearing the highway with tow trucks that arrived on scene.


While this process was underway, three tow trucks proceeded past the waiting traffic and parked close to the collision scene, police said.


Police investigated and allege that none of the three tow trucks held a valid Town of Caledon tow truck licence, and only one of the drivers held a Town of Caledon tow truck operator's licence.


The charges were laid under both the Highway Traffic Act and the Town of Caledon By-Law.


“They must hold a (commercial vehicle operator's registration), be properly licensed and equipped, be operated by a licensed driver, hold a local tow licence, and cannot attend the scene of a collision unless summoned by police,” police said.





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