The Owner-Operators’ Business Association of Canada says technology is
no substitute for a well-trained driver.
Mandatory speed limiters on all trucks operating in
OBAC contends, would dilute the role of the driver in a number of areas,
including safety and fuel economy.
OBAC released its anticipated 22-page report against mandatory speed
limiters – or engine governors – in response to an information-gathering
process launched in December 2005 by the Ministry of Transportation of
OOIDA has also submitted comments to the transportation ministry in
opposition to mandatory speed limiters.
OBAC and OOIDA are against the Ontario Trucking Association proposal,
which petitioned the government to require the speed of trucks to be limited to
105 kilometers per hour, or 65 mph. OTA represents many of
motor carriers, which already voluntarily use engine governors.
Joanne Ritchie, OBAC’s executive director,
said the proposal underestimates the role of the driver in the equation.
“Since the driver
has the greatest impact on fuel efficiency, maintenance, and safety, more
thorough driver training relating to proper driving speeds should have a
positive effect on the speeds actually driven,” Ritchie said in the report.
“Technology cannot take the place of a well-trained driver, nor should it take
away control of the vehicle from a well-trained driver.”
An annual report by Transport
, a regulatory division of the Canadian
federal government, estimated 8.38 million trucks crossed the border between
report states that mandatory speed limiters would affect commerce because 22
several Canadian provinces have speed limits higher than 65 mph.
Ritchie said by
mandating speed limiters on trucks,
would be “usurping the authority of those other jurisdictions to determine the
maximum speed limit for vehicles traveling on their highways.”
enforcement of engine governors would be a waste of resources. She suggests the
government instead provide tax incentives for truckers to buy 2007 diesel
engines to further reduce emissions.
But the biggest
contention OBAC has with the OTA’s proposal is
heavy-duty trucks to drive slower than the flow of traffic, while other
vehicles on the road continue to speed, sometimes excessively, will lead to
frequent lane changes, passing, and weaving maneuvers, as well as tailgating by
faster-moving vehicles,” Ritchie wrote.
The comment period
initiated by MTO is now over. A ministry official said the information is being
compiled for a briefing, likely to happen in the next few weeks.
and drivers sent comments to MTO and copied them to Land Line.
Anyone who wishes to let the government know how they feel about mandatory
speed limiters can still contact their elected officials.
OOIDA members in
can call the Association’s Membership Department at 1-800-444-5791 and ask for
staff to look up contact information for members of the Canadian Parliament or
the U.S. Congress, as well as phone numbers and addresses for
’s provincial parliaments and state
legislatures in the
information for the Canadian Ministry of Transportation, click here: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/offices.htm
David Tanner, staff writer