OOIDA poised to comment on Ontario speed limiter proposal

| 6/4/2008

Officials with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are prepared to make their argument against government-mandatory speed limiters on heavy trucks during a public hearing Thursday, June 5, in Toronto, Ontario.

OOIDA officials plan to deliver oral testimony and written comments about Bill 41. The legislation is designed to make speed limiters mandatory at a maximum setting of 105 km/h, or about 65 mph.

The Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy scheduled just one hearing on Bill 41. After the hearing, the bill can be sent back to the full Legislature for a third and final reading.

The hearing is set to begin at 9 a.m. in Room 1405, Whitney Block at Queen’s Park in Toronto. The committee has scheduled morning and afternoon sessions to hear from the public, trucking officials and Ontario’s three major political parties.

OOIDA officials have kept their precisely written and oral testimony under wraps leading up to the hearing. Association leaders have, however, made it known that they oppose a government mandate for this form of speed cap and have asked why the province of Ontario couldn’t simply enforce its posted speed limits for all vehicle classes.

The Justice Policy Committee will not say how many people are signed up to testify at the hearing.

Land Line has confirmed that Steven Johnson, a researcher of highway speed and a professor of industrial engineering at the University of Arkansas, is planning to testify about the speed differential between passenger vehicles and heavy trucks on the highways.

– By David Tanner, staff writer