No word on Canadian briefing on mandatory speed limiters

| 2/1/2006

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 province.

The proposal would, if the Ontario government approves it, affect a large number of trucks, including ones that cross into or do business in Ontario.

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 mandate.