A city committee this week heard the city desperately needs a new fleet trainer to be approved during the 2013 budget process because, it seems, operators of city equipment aren't very safe.
Things have gotten so bad, in fact, the provincial Ministry of Transport has threatened to revoke the city's Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration certificate. The CVOR, as it's known, is the piece of paper which allows all city vehicles larger than a pick-up truck to be on the road.
That's right, if the city doesn't improve its safety rating fire trucks, ambulances, plows, construction equipment, buses and all other large vehicles could be permanently parked.
A recent MTO audit revealed drivers of Guelph equipment have been involved in 47 collisions and received 44 convictions for offences while operating city vehicles.
Remarkably, the operations and transit committee heard, the city is not allowed to take disciplinary action against a driver who has been ticketed as the ticket is considered a level of discipline and the city can't pile on.
That means a bus driver, for example, with five speeding tickets received while driving the bus can not be fired unless the accumulation of tickets causes him or her to lose his or her license.
"Professionally I have to uphold that," operations and transit boss Derek McCaughan told me this week. "Personally, I don't agree with it."