The Canadian Trucking Alliance has announced that six out of seven
provincial motor carrier associations support a mandatory speed-limiter proposal.
The proposal, from the Ontario Trucking Association, is pushing to cap
maximum speeds at 105 kilometers per hour, or about 65 mph, for all trucks
association, with CTA support, is
seeking a Canada-wide mandate for speed limiters, with the eventual goal to include all of North America..
If the proposal gets the nod from the
government, it will require all truckers to activate their engine governors to
Violations could mean penalties and fines.
The Quebec Trucking Association, which is the second-largest provincial
motor carrier association, had not endorsed the proposal as of Tuesday, Jan.
OOIDA and the Owner-Operators’ Business Association of Canada are both
opposed to this form of control. Both groups say enforcement of speed limits
would be more effective.
Safety is also an issue, the driver advocates say, since speed limiters
will cause more differences in speed between cars and trucks, and that could
lead to more maneuvering and wrecks.
The Ontario Trucking Association submitted its proposal to the Ministry
of Transportation of
in November 2005, and the ministry made a brief request for stakeholder
comments before the end of the year.
Both OOIDA and OBAC have submitted formal comments opposing the
But the Canadian Trucking Alliance and its CEO David Bradley – who is
also the president of the Ontario Trucking Association – are generating some
momentum, convincing large motor carriers, environmental groups, insurance
carriers and safety agencies that the speed-limiter proposal will save fuel,
reduce emissions, reduce the severity of car-truck crashes and lessen the
stress on truckers who feel pressure to speed to make up time.
OOIDA and OBAC have shot holes in many of those arguments. Both groups
note they do not condone speeding. Instead, they promote compliance and safe
The CTA board of directors is scheduled to meet in April, according to
a press release from Bradley, and will look into ratifying its position on
“It may happen sooner,” Bradley stated. “But, we have not heard from
everyone yet, and there are a few local issues to sort out, so formal
ratification in April seems realistic.”
Bradley has recently gone on record to ask for less government control
of truckers, something OBAC said seems hypocritical.
During pre-budget hearings with the Ontario Ministry of Finance, one
part of the discussion was about what Bradley called unfair taxation of the
“The Ontario government must eliminate artificial barriers to
competitiveness in sectors like trucking and to do that we need to look at the
tax system, at infrastructure investment and ways to cut government waste and
improved delivery of government services,” Bradley said on record, telling
Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.
OBAC Executive Director Joanne Ritchie responded to Bradley’s
“All of the things that they say are achievable without government
regulation,” Ritchie told Land Line. “As far as speeding, we already have regulations for that. It’s called cops.
government to get out of the way where it suits carriers, and jump in and add
more regulation where it suits some carriers. He’s talking out of both sides of
– By David Tanner, staff writer