January has come and gone, as has a self-imposed deadline
for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in Canada, which rushed at the end
of 2005 to collect public comments on a proposal for mandatory speed limiters
on trucks in the province.
The ministry had given itself until the end of January to
compile the facts and opinions and create a report for Transportation Minister
Harinder Takhar. Land Line’s calls to the ministry regarding the status
of the report had not been returned as of late Wednesday, Feb. 1.
The push for mandatory speed limiters on trucks in Ontario
came from the Ontario Trucking Association, which represents many of the
province’s large motor carriers. The OTA wants the government to cap the top
speed of trucks at 105 kilometers per hour, or 65 mph, while operating in the
The proposal would, if the Ontario government approves it,
affect a large number of trucks, including ones that cross into or do business
OOIDA and the Owner-Operators’ Business Association of
Canada are both on the record as being against government-mandated speed
limiters, or engine governors. Instead, OOIDA and OBAC promote compliance and
enforcement within the current system of traffic laws.
Land Line has written a number of stories on the
issue. The February print edition of Land Line Magazine contains an
expanded piece about speed limiters and the possible effects of a government