Making Bristol a Safer Place

Accidents can happen anywhere at anytime, so we made sure our employees are prepared to help customers or co-workers in need.

Our Managers recently took part in re-certifying and brushing up on their First Aid, CPR and AED skills.

We’re happy to report Bristol locations now have a certified first aider available that is prepared to handle emergency situations.

Here’s our staff involved in some hands on training:

CPR Skills at work

First Aid 101 Training
Soaking in procedures

New Distracted Driving Penalties in Ontario

Ontario just rolled out new fines and suspensions for Distracting Driving on January 1st, 2019. Here’s what you need to know;

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is considered any activity that takes your focus off the road, even when you’re sitting stopped at a red light. These activities include;

  • Using any electronic device; making or accepting phone calls, texting/emailing, reading, watching videos, checking directions, and changing music.
  • Eating and drinking.
  • Grooming or applying make up.
  • Reading documents, papers or books.
  • Typing routes or destinations into a GPS.
  • Adjusting Entertainment systems.
  • Looking for or reaching for a fallen/moving item in your vehicle.
  • Simply holding a device in your hand.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada states that;

  • Drivers are 23 more times likely to be involved in an accident while texting and driving.
  • In Canada, distracted driving is the number one risk on the road, 8 of 10 collisions are caused by a driver who is distracted.
  • If convicted for distracting driving you can expect your insurance premiums to rise.

These are the new penalties as of January 1st, 2019 according to Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation;

Drivers with A to G licences

  • First conviction:
    • a fine of up to $1,000 if a summons is received or if you fight the ticket in court and lose
    • three demerit points
    • 3-day suspension
  • Second conviction
    • a fine of up to $2,000 if a summons is received or if you fight the ticket in court and lose
    • six demerit points
    • 7-day suspension
  • Third and any further conviction(s)
    • a fine of up to $3,000 if a summons is received or if you fight the ticket in court and lose
    • six demerit points
    • 30-day suspension

Novice drivers

If you hold a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence, and are convicted of distracted driving, you’ll face the same fines as drivers with A to G licences. But you won’t receive any demerit points.

Instead of demerit points you’ll face longer suspensions:

  • a 30-day licence suspension for a first conviction
  • a 90-day licence suspension for a second conviction
  • cancellation of your licence and removal from the Graduated Licensing System (GLS) for a third conviction
    • to get your licence back you’d have to redo the GLS program

Tips for avoiding Distracted Driving

  • Be an attentive driver, focus only on driving.
  • Set your phone to “Driving Mode” to avoid the temptation.
  • Make all calls or send any communication out before you leave.
  • Enter your destination into your GPS before heading out.
  • Secure all loose items or gear before hitting the road to avoid them moving while driving.
  • Adjust seats, mirrors, temperature controls and sound system while still in park.
  • Enlist your passengers to navigate, or change controls of radio, climate etc.
  • Don’t eat and drive – eat first before you leave, if you must eat, pull over.
  • Turn down the music.
  • Take regular breaks on long trips.

Bristol Toy Drive 2018

Our annual Toy Drive kicked off on December 1st.  As usual, our staff was up to the task! All our toy donations were delivered this year to the Richmond Hill Salvation Army Toy Centre.  The staff and volunteers at the Salvation Army were amazing and so very grateful.

Our annual toy drive has been quite a success, again!  We sincerely thank all of the Bristol staff that donated to our drive, we couldn’t do it without you!  

Starting to gather the donations from our staff

Arriving at the Toy Distribution Centre

Helping to sort!

Still delivering more

Pumpkin Carving Contest 2018

Our Bristol locations participated in a Pumpkin Carving Contest for Halloween the year. Our panel of judges at head office declared our Markham office the winner!

Check out some of our entries below.

First Place Winner – Markham

Second Place Winners – Scarborough and Milton


Other participating office entries;






New Location in Pickering!

Well, we’ve done it again. We’ve welcomed another location to our Bristol family.  This time we’ve opened in Pickering, ON.
Our newest rental office is located at 2059 Bayly Street in Pickering, which is at the corner of Bayley and Church Street.
It’s situated perfectly on the border of Pickering and Ajax so we can easily service both areas.

You can call our Pickering office directly at (905) 427-9990 OR you can book online at by click here – Reservation Centre.

For Hours of Operation, Maps, and more about our Pickering Rental Centre visit their webpage – Pickering Location.



Giving the Gift of Hockey

The Richmond Hill Hockey Association along with its families, donated over 55 bags of hockey equipment to the Beausoleil First Nations.  It also took a lot of work for them to get it moved up to Cedarpoint then onto the Christian Island Ferry.  Bristol Car and Truck Rentals was so pleased to be able to be the truck rental supplier of such a great cause to transport the hockey equipment.  What a great idea and effort from the Richmond Hill Hockey Association.

The story aired on CTV News.  Click on the clip below to view.

Or view here –


Got into an accident? Here’s what to do…

According to Safe Driving Canada, 1 in 3 Canadians will be in an auto collision sometime in their lifetime. It’s never a good to be involved in a vehicle collision, but now you’ll know what steps to take at the scene of an accident.

If you are involved in an accident, try your best to stay calm. It can be very scary; however you need to check and see if there are any injuries first. If anyone is hurt, call 911 to get assistance immediately.

Do NOT leave the scene.  Failing to remain at a scene of an accident could result in a ticket up to $2000 and seven demerit points.

If no one is injured, in Ontario, you only need to contact the Police if the combined damage to a vehicle and/or property exceeds $2000.
Additionally, you must call police if the following is involved;

  • Danger to motorists at the scene of the collision
  • Personal injury
  • Any criminal activity, such as impaired driving or stolen vehicles
  • A government vehicle of any kind
  • A vehicle which is transporting dangerous goods
  • Damage to third-party property, such as a parked car
  • Damage to private, municipal or highway property
  • A pedestrian or cyclist

If the damage is below $2000 of damage, and if it is safe to drive your vehicle, you can proceed to a Collision Reporting Centre.  You must go to a Reporting Centre in the CITY that the accident occurred in, NOT at a Reporting Centre near where you live. A Reporting Centre near your home will not complete the accident report if it happened in another city. A report to a Reporting Centre needs to be submitted within 24 hours of when the accident occurred.Before you leave the scene of the accident, make sure that you and the other drivers involved in the accident exchange information including:

  • Drivers’ license numbers
  • Drivers’ names and contact information
  • Insurance policy numbers
  • License plate numbers
  • Names of the insurance companies

If the Police attend, ask for the officer’s name, badge number and the incident number.

You should also spend time jotting down information about the accident such as the time the accident occurred, where it occurred, and weather conditions.

Understand that it’s the vehicle owner who must decide which tow truck operator to hire, and not the tow truck that arrives first or for the police to decide.

Let’s hope you never need them, but below is a link to the list of Reporting Centres in Ontario: