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Stay safe around garbage trucks

Please slow down around waste collection trucks and follow these safety tips.

Safety tips for drivers

  1. Slow down when approaching a waste collection truck.
  2. Look out for cyclists, pedestrians, and oncoming vehicles before attempting to pass a waste collection truck. The steering wheel is on the right side of the truck, so truck drivers may have difficulty seeing vehicles passing on the left.
  3. Avoid distractions like using your cell phone, radio or Global Positioning System (GPS) while driving.
  4. Remember, trucks make frequent stops. Please keep back a safe distance when driving behind a waste collection truck.
  5. Park your vehicle at least 1 metre away from waste carts at the curb.

Safety tips for pedestrians and cyclists

  1. Stay back. Trucks have large blind spots, especially at the back and directly along the sides of the truck.
  2. If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you. Only cross in front of a truck after you’ve made eye contact with the driver and receive an okay to cross.
  3. Use designated crosswalks when crossing roadways.
  4. Avoid distractions like using your cell phone while walking and cycling.
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