Posted by: rbmcarriers | June 17, 2008

Speed Limiter is Mandatory in Ontario

Now it is a question of WHEN! The story has been posted everywhere. You can also read the committee transcripts here.

Copied today is the piece from Trucking Info

6/17/2008
The Ontario legislature Monday passed a bill mandating speed limiter use on most large trucks to cap speeds at 105 kilometers per hour (65.2 mph) to reduce pollution and improve road safety.

The use of speed limiters could be implemented as early as this fall, followed by a six- to 12-month education period.

Under the new regulations, speed limiters are mandatory for all trucks manufactured after 1995 with an electronic engine operating in Ontario — regardless of where they are based.

The Ontario Trucking Association praised the move.

“The mandatory activation of speed limiters is an effective way for the trucking industry to further contribute to safer highways and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The fuel savings from speed limiters will also help to moderate the increases in operating costs from escalating diesel fuel prices,” said Ontario Trucking Association President David Bradley. “This is the right thing to do.”

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Owner-Operators Business Association of Canada lobbied against the measure, contending it would create dangerous speed differentials between cars and trucks on Ontario highways. OOIDA is considering its options for fighting implementation of the regulation.

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