Ontario is Cracking Down on Careless and Distracted Driving

Ontario Cracking Down on Careless and Distracted Driving with Tough New Penalties
Province Taking Action to Keep Pedestrians, Cyclists and Drivers Safe
September 20, 2017 9:00 A.M

From the Ministry of Transportation Website…

Ontario plans to crack down on careless and distracted driving with tough new rules and penalties that would help improve road safety and keep the most vulnerable road users – including pedestrians and cyclists – safe.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon, were in Toronto today to announce the tough new road-safety measures. They were joined by Han Dong, MPP for Trinity-Spadina.

The province plans to introduce new legislation this fall that, if passed, would help protect pedestrians and cyclists and reduce the number of people killed or injured by impaired, distracted and dangerous drivers. The proposed measures include:

A new offence for careless driving causing death or bodily harm with penalties that include fines, licence suspension and imprisonment
Tougher penalties for distracted driving, such as using a cellphone while operating a vehicle, including higher fines, more demerit points, and license suspensions
Increased penalties for drivers who fail to yield for pedestrians and escalating fines for drivers who are convicted of multiple pedestrian-related offences within a five-year window
Expanding the use of rear flashing blue lights for enforcement and emergency vehicles.
In addition, the province is consulting on the use of cameras on school buses that capture the offence of illegally passing a school bus, so that this evidence can be admitted into court without a witness.

For 16 years in a row, Ontario’s roads have been ranked either first or second safest in North America, but more can still be done. These strong measures add to recently-announced tough new penalties for those who drive under the influence of drugs, including cannabis.

Keeping Ontario’s roads safe is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts
On average, one person is killed on Ontario’s roads every 17 hours. In 2014, pedestrians and cyclists made up approximately 25 per cent of Ontario’s road fatalities.
While drunk driving remains in the top-five killers on Ontario’s roads, the province’s most recent roadside survey found that drivers who tested positive for drugs were more than twice the number who tested positive for alcohol.
The proposed legislation builds on existing measures Ontario has introduced to improve road safety including tougher impaired, distracted and street racing laws.
In May Ontario passed legislation to protect the most vulnerable such as pedestrians and cyclists, by giving municipalities more tools to address speeding. These tools include the ability to set reduced default speed limits and use automated speed-enforcement systems on roads with speed limits below 80 km/h that are designated as community safety zones or in school zones.
In June 2015, Ontario passed legislation to toughen penalties for offences such as distracted driving.
The Ministry of Transportation hosted a road safety symposium in June with municipalities and many road safety partners to discuss a broad range of road safety concerns that helped shape the government’s proposed actions to help to save lives on Ontario’s roads.

Access full Article here.

 

Want to plan a road trip, but where to go?

Road trips, we all love road trips…but if you’re like us, you want to get away, but sometimes can’t think of or decide on where to go.  We’ve compiled a list for you of destinations in Ontario where you can get there easily in a rental vehicle but won’t spend all the time on the road.

In Ontario there is no shortage of great road trips that include lakes, forests, land formations, small unique towns, festivals, and urban cities to explore.
The province is incredibly diverse with lots to offer for everyone.  Below is a list of great places to consider, along with helpful links;

  1. Killarney

    Boost magnificent landscapes, lakes, cliffs with 645 sq kms of wilderness to explore.  Lake and boating activities are in abundance.
    http://www.northeasternontario.com/go/killarney
  2. Niagara-on-the-lake

    Is in the middle of wine country with many wineries to tour. Niagara-on-the-lake has a heritage downtown to explore with cafes, vintage hotels, fine dining, unique shops, art galleries, and live theatre.  Additionally, only a short drive to Niagara Falls.
    https://www.niagaraonthelake.com/
  3. Haliburton

    Is blessed with over 600 serene lakes, and is located in the rugged Canadian Shield. Amazing rock formations, fabulous fishing, and boating to experience.  Many cottagers can’t get enough of the lifestyle Haliburton provides.
    https://haliburtoncounty.ca/
  4. Collingwood

    Is full of family fun. Quaint villages of the Blue Mountains with beaches, premier golf, scenic caves,  kilometres of amazing cycling paths.  Collingwood is home to many festivals, most notably its Elvis Festival.
    http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca
  5. Sauble Beach

    Sauble is a definite beach town with 7 kms of pristine sandy beaches, and cool places to eat and drink. Surrounded by camping and cottages with many water activities, SUP, windsurfing, boating, fishing and more.  Plus amazing sunsets each night.
    http://saublebeach.com/
  6. Algonquin Park
    As one of Ontario’s largest provincial parks is it best known for camping, hiking, swimming, and canoeing. However it offers many recreational activities and runs unique special events.  This park has provided inspiration to many outdoors types and artists.
    http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/
  7. Temagami

    Features spectacular rock faces, sparkling clean lakes, forests, swimming, and is renown for its scuba diving with depths of 350 metres.
    http://www.temagami.ca/
  8. Elora

    This small town is full of old world charm. Famous for its gorge and limestone cliffs, it also offers century old shopping in its downtown full of gift shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants. Festivals bring many visitors each year.
    http://elora.info/
  9. Muskoka

    Muskoka is quintessential cottage country! It’s a premier destination for cottagers, boaters, festivals, and all around outdoor activities, with an abundance of small towns to explore, shops, and dining.
    http://www.discovermuskoka.ca/
  10. Thunder Bay

    Is home to Fort William and has history dating back 11,000 years. It’s an urban centre surrounded by a wilderness setting, situated on beautiful Lake Superior.
    http://www.thunderbay.ca/Visiting.htm
  11. Kincardine

    Excellent beaches are to be found here and a wonderful scenic boardwalk. Shops, fine dining, festivals, and live theatre. The big show-stopper here are the sunsets!
    http://visitkincardine.ca
  12. Prince Edward County

    This county consists of many small towns and has over 500 kms of shoreline. It has become a destination known for its wine, arts, culture, and food, dating back to the 18th Century.
    http://prince-edward-county.com/
  13. Thousand Islands

    Here you can cruise among 1800 islands on guided boat tours, visiting famous UNESCO heritage sites. Plenty of museums, shopping, live theatre, and even a casino to keep you entertained.
    http://www.1000islandstourism.com/
  14. Point Pelee

    Is the southern most point of mainland Canada. The park here is 15 sq. kms of protected land, jutting out into Lake Erie. Walk the boardwalk to the marshland and explore the beaches.The area provides cycling, golf, nature walks, local shops, and dining.
    http://www.pelee.org/
  15. Sandbanks Provincial Park

    Is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario. It boasts golden sandy beaches and a coastal sand dunes system. With trails, beaches, water activities, and playgrounds it provides for the whole family.
    https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/sandbanks
  16. Ottawa

    Our nation’s capital, Ottawa is a vibrant city with so much to see and do.  Museums, national parks, parliament buildings, Rideau Canal, shopping, world class dining, nightlife, and HISTORY!
    https://www.ottawatourism.ca/

We’re confident you will find something on our list that will interest you.  Book your rental, pack the car, plan your route, and get out there! Enjoy!

Bristol`s Privacy Policy – Updated

Bristol Rentals Ltd.

Privacy Policy

Intent

Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information is an important aspect of the way BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. conducts its business. Collecting, using, and disclosing personal information in an appropriate, responsible, and ethical manner is fundamental to BRISTOL RENTALS LTD.’s daily operations.

BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. strives to protect and respect personal information of its customers, employees, business partners, and so on in accordance with all applicable regional and federal laws. Each staff member of BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. must abide by this organization’s procedures and practices when handling personal information.

Guidelines

Applicability

This Privacy Policy informs everyone of BRISTOL RENTALS LTD.’s commitment to privacy and establishes the methods by which privacy is ensured. This Privacy Policy applies to all personal information within BRISTOL RENTALS LTD.’s possession and control.

Personal information is defined as any identifying information about an individual or group of individuals, including name, date of birth, address, phone number, driver’s license number, e-mail address, social insurance number, nationality, gender, health history, financial data, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, assets, debts, liabilities, payment records, credit records, loan records, opinions, and personal views.

Business information is defined as BRISTOL RENTALS LTD., business address, business telephone number, name(s) of owner(s), executive officer(s), and director(s), job titles, business registration numbers, and financial status. Business information is treated and handled with the same level of confidentiality, privacy, and respect as personal information.

Consent occurs and is obtained when an individual signs an application or other form containing personal information, thereby authorizing BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. to collect, use, and disclose the individual’s personal information for the purposes stated on the form or in the Appropriate Use section of this policy.

  • Implied consent is granted by the individual when he/she signs the application or form. This allows BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. to obtain or verify information from third parties (such as banks, credit bureaus, lenders, or insurance companies) in the process of assessing the eligibility of an individual, customer, client, job applicant, or business partner.

Appropriate Use

BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. collects and uses personal information solely for the purpose of conducting business and developing an understanding of its customers. BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. hereby asserts that personal information will only be used for the following purposes:

  • For collection of amounts due from customer
  • To obtain customer’s credit profile to establish credit with Bristol Rentals Ltd.
  • To provide personal information to an insurance company in order to invoice an insurance company directly on behalf of customer.
  • To process an insurance claim.
  • To better understand our clientele for purpose of providing or enhancing services.

Policy Statements

  • BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. assumes full accountability for the personal information within its possession and control. This organization has appointed Jory Kesten, President, as custodian of all privacy matters and legal compliance with privacy laws.
  • BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. obtains personal information directly from the individual to which the information belongs. Individuals are entitled to know how BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. uses personal information and this organization will limit the use of any personal information collected only to what is needed for those stated purposes. BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. will obtain individual consent if personal information is to be used for any other purpose. BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. – M will not use that information without the consent of the individual.
  • Under no circumstances will BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. sell, distribute, or otherwise disclose personal information or contact lists to third parties. However, limited disclosure may be required as part of BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. fulfilling its stated business duties and day-to-day operations. This may include consultants, suppliers, or business partners of BRISTOL RENTALS LTD., but only with the understanding that these parties obey and abide by this Privacy Policy, to the extent necessary for fulfilling their own business duties and day-to-day operations.
  • BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. will retain personal information only for the duration it is needed for conducting business. Once personal information is no longer required, it will be destroyed in a safe and secure manner. However, certain laws may require that certain personal information be kept for a specified amount of time. Where this is the case, the law will supersede this policy.
  • BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. vows to protect personal information with the appropriate security measures, physical safeguards, and electronic precautions. BRISTOL RENTALS LTD .maintains personal information through a combination of paper and electronic files. Where required by law or disaster recovery/business continuity policies, older records may be stored in a secure, offsite location.
    • Access to personal information will be authorized only for the employees and other agents of BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. who require the information to perform their job duties, and to those otherwise authorized by law.
    • BRISTOL RENTALS LTD.’s computer and network systems are secured by complex passwords. Only authorized individuals may access secure systems and databases.
    • Routers and servers connected to the Internet are protected by a firewall, and are further protected from virus attacks or “snooping” by software solutions.
    • Personal information is not transferred to volunteers, summer students, interns, or other non-paid staff by e-mail or any other electronic format.
  • BRISTOL RENTALS LTD’s Web site will include our privacy policy and disclose our personal information practices. Individuals inputting data into the Web site will be notified of:
    • How the data will be used.
    • With whom the data may or may not be disclosed.
    • What options are available to the individual regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information?
    • The information technology security procedures in place that protect against the destruction, loss, theft, alteration, or misuse of personal information under BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. – M possession and control.
    • How the individual may access and correct any inaccuracies in their personal information.
    • BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. – may share compiled demographic information with its business partners and/or advertisers, but no personal information that can identify any individual person shall be disclosed.
    • This Web site may contain links to other sites, but BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. – M is not responsible for the privacy practices of other organizations’ sites.
    • While IP addresses will be logged in order to administer the site, track visitor movement, and gather demographic information, these IP addresses will not be linked to any personally identifiable information.
    • Any registration or order form asking site visitors to enter personal or financial information will be protected by SSL encryption.
    • Site visitors are given the choice to opt out of having their personal information used at the point where the information is gathered.
  • In most instances, BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. will grant individuals access to their personal information upon presentation of a written request and satisfactory identification. If an individual finds errors of fact with his/her personal information, please notify BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. – as soon as possible to make the appropriate corrections. Should BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. deny an individual’s request for access to his/her personal information, BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. will advise in writing of the reason for such a refusal. The individual may then challenge the decision.
  • BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. may use personal information without the individual’s consent under particular circumstances. These situations include, but are not limited to:
    • BRISTOL RENTALS LTD.  is under obligation by law to disclose personal information in order to adhere to the requirements of an investigation of the contravention of a regional or federal, law under the purview of the appropriate authorities.
    • An emergency exists that threatens an individual’s life, health, or personal security.
    • The personal information is for in-house statistical study or research.
    • The personal information is already publicly available.
    • Disclosure is required to investigate a breach of contract.

Conclusion

Any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy can be addressed by contacting us at (905) 453-8383, sales@bristoltruckrentals.com, BRISTOL RENTALS LTD. will investigate and respond to concerns about any aspect of the handling of personal information. This organization will address concerns to the best of its abilities.

This policy can also be found on our website under the Policies page and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Smoke-Free Ontario Act – Workplace Vehicles

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces, and this includes vehicles.  An “enclosed vehicle” is defined as “the inside of any place, building, structure, or vehicle or conveyance or a part of any of them, that is covered by a roof and that employees work in or frequent during the course of their employment”.

Smoking is not permitted – by employees or non-employees – inside workplace vehicles, regardless of whether or not the employee is acting in the course of their employment at the time.  Smoking in a workplace vehicle is illegal 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this includes rental cars and trucks.

At Bristol all of our rental vehicles are NON-SMOKING.  All of our fleet vehicle have posted no smoking signs inside and ashtrays are not supplied in our rental vehicles to comply with the Act.

We ask that all of our customers comply with the legislation.  Please visit the Ministry’s website for further information http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/en/smoke-free/factsheets/employersandemployees.asp

Thank you for keeping Ontario workers safe, in a smoke-free environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Bristol Turns 25!

Though Bristol Car and Truck Rentals itself dates back further than 25 years, our current owners, the Kesten Family, are pleased to be celebrating their 25th year anniversary in 2017. We thank all of our incredible returning and new customers for being apart of our continued success.

Bristol Rentals Ltd. has been renting vehicles in the Greater Toronto Area since 1992.  Bristol has fostered a reputation for honesty, integrity, customer service, and vehicle reliability.  Originally a truck rental business, it expanded to add car rentals at many of its 10 operating locations, along with a full line of commercial trucks, refrigerated trucks, trailers and passenger vans.

Bristol is a neighbourhood vehicle rental supplier, serving local communities throughout the GTA.  We have locations in Orangeville, Bolton, Milton, Brampton, Markham, Richmond Hill, Toronto, Scarborough and our latest addition, Fergus.  Our managers are long-term employees that are experienced, capable and friendly, and pride themselves on participating in their communities and getting to know their neighbours.  We look forward to you driving with us, whatever your vehicle needs.

It continues to be an exciting industry to be apart of, and we are excited and look forward to the years ahead, thank you!

Bristol Wins Platinum Award in Milton

Thank you, Milton, for awarding us Platinum for Favourite Rental Company in Milton, Ontario for 2016 in the Champion’s Choice Awards.
We are very proud to be apart of this amazing community and enjoy serving the residents of Milton each day.
We will display this plaque with pride in our customer lobby, and are looking forward to assisting you with your rental needs in 2017.

 

 

 

 

2016 Holiday Hours

December 24th – Closing at Noon
December 25th – Closed
December 26th – Closed
December 27th – Closed
December 31st – Closing at Noon
January 1st – Closed
January 2nd – Closed except for our Brampton Car location.  It will be opened January 2nd from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

New Location Opening – Fergus, ON

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We are now open for business in Fergus, ON!
You can find us at 935 St. David Street N.
It is located north of Walmart on St. David (Hwy#6) at Sideroad #19, in the Ultra Mart gas station.

Call us at (519) 843-7878

About our new location:

As the owner of Blinkhorn Motors Ltd., Rob Blinkhorn has proudly served Fergus and neighbouring communities, renting cars and truck for over 20 years.  In August 2016, Fergus became Bristol’s newest location in Ontario, offering an exceptional new fleet of rental vehicles to Rob’s devoted customers.

As a family-owned and operated business since 1977, Blinkhorn Motors Ltd. evolved from a new-car dealership to a reputable automotive repair facility, gas bar, and variety store.  Ask anyone around town and they will tell you that “Blinkhorn’s” is synonymous with service excellence.  Rob and his team are customer-focused, always going above and beyond to accommodate individual needs.

Outside of business, Rob loves to spend all seasons at his Blue Mountain chalet, playing golf in the summer and skiing in the winter with his wife Paula, riding this motorcycle, and experiencing fun adventures with his three grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Bristol Language Translators Available

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We are proud to inform all of our customers that we have staff members throughout our company that can speak the following languages, to assist in making rental arrangements;

Arabic
Bengali
Cantonese
Hebrew
Hindi
Italian
Kashmiri
Malayalam
Portuguese
Punjabi
Pushto
Russian
Serbian
Spanish
Tamil
Urdu
and of course, English
!