By David Tanner, associate editor
Ontario trucker Lee Ingratta is nearly two years removed from beating the province’s speed-limiter law in court, but his ordeal is not over yet.
The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario’s appeal was scheduled to be heard July 4 in St. Catherines.
In 2010, the one-truck owner-operator from Gravenhurst, Ontario, beat a ticket pertaining to the law that requires all heavy trucks to have a working speed limiter set at or below 105 kilometers per hour, or 65 mph.
During a scale house stop in July 2009, an inspector asked to check Ingratta’s speed-limiter setting. Ingratta then produced a homemade waiver asking the inspector to accept responsibility for any damage caused to the truck’s computer during the inspection. The officer refused to sign it and issued the trucker a ticket and fine for not having the proper speed setting.
A judge later threw the case out of court, but the MTO quickly filed its intention to appeal.
“The appeal states that they want the appeal board to either find me guilty and/or order a new trial,” Ingratta said.
Ingratta explains his rationale for carrying a waiver in his truck. Before his trucking career, he owned a computer-repair business and doesn’t trust the devices the province uses to scan a truck’s brain center at roadside.
“They don’t have any business touching our computers and causing damage,” he said.
Ingratta is a member of OOIDA as well as the Owner-Operators Business Association of Canada. He says three-quarters of his trucking miles are stateside.
“I’m not just doing this for me,” Ingratta said. “I’m doing this for myself, the other truck drivers, and for truckers in the States. From what I hear, people are interested in my case because the U.S. is talking about doing the same damn thing with speed limiters.”
Ingratta hopes his challenge will set a precedent. LL