SPECIAL REPORT: Canadian associations join forces on speed limiters

| 2/28/2006

Provincial trucking associations in Canada are set to announce this week that they favor mandatory speed limiters on all trucks.

This is big news in Canada, where the Ontario Trucking Association is already involved in a full campaign for mandatory speed limiters in that province. Vehicle speed, like in U.S. states, is handled at the provincial level.

OTA President and CEO David Bradley, who is also the CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, told Land Linein a telephone interview Tuesday, Feb. 28, that the confederation of provincial associations is ready to come forward with similar proposals to regulate truck speed at 105 kilometers per hour, or 65 mph, in each province. The announcement is expected Thursday, March 2.

"Basically, on Thursday we will formally announce that all provincial trucking associations have endorsed the plan initially put forward by the Ontario Trucking Association to require speed limiters on all trucks operating into and out of each of their provinces, (and) that they must have activated the speed limiters at no more than 105 (km/h)," Bradley said.

"Because CTA is a federation of the provincial trucking associations, the Canadian Trucking Alliance now has a national position on that."

Bradley said CTA's position includes all provinces, including Quebec, which was hesitant at first to endorse the Ontario proposal.

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario is working on a briefing, which will outline whether the provincial government will consider legislation to require speed limiters.

"They're still studying the issue and seem to be trying to do their homework, so we'll know when everybody else knows," Bradley said.

Joanne Ritchie, executive director of the Owner-Operators' Business Association of Canada, says she is also waiting the Ontario ministry's position to come out.

Ritchie told Land Line the announcement of a CTA push for speed limiters isn't surprising, considering Bradley is the chief executive for both OTA and CTA.

"The fact that he has the other trucking associations onside doesn't mean much more than his announcements did a few weeks ago," Ritchie said. "It just means they're going to up the ante."

- By David Tanner, staff writer