The Ontario Trucking Association has recruited another supporter for
government-mandated speed limiters on trucks operating in the Canadian
The Canadian Transportation Equipment Association, which represents
truck and trailer manufacturers, distributors, dealers and service providers,
has written an endorsement letter to OTA’s CEO David Bradley.
OTA’s membership, consisting of large motor carriers, has asked the Ontario government to review and act on a proposal to regulate truck speeds at a maximum of
105 kilometers per hour, or 65 mph.
OTA member carriers, many of which already use speed limiters
voluntarily, are pushing for the government to control speed in the whole
industry, including across Canada and eventually in all of North America.
The Ontario government is still reviewing the proposal and comments
submitted during a public process in December 2005.
OTA’s proposal has garnered support from some agencies, but opponents
believe speed limiters could actually make the highways less safe.
Opposition has come from the Owner-Operators’ Business Association of
Canada and U.S.-based OOIDA. These associations have cited studies showing that
speed differentials between cars and trucks cause more problems in already
dangerous situations such as merging, passing and maneuvering on busy highways.
CTEA Executive Director Donald E. Moore wrote to OTA saying that he
endorses mandatory speed limiters because of the environmental benefits of
slowing down and burning less fuel. Neither OBAC nor OOIDA argue the point
about fuel savings.
Moore’s letter goes further to explain CTEA’s support.
“The proposal put forward by the OTA addresses a key area of safety
that would positively affect everyone in Ontario who travels the 400-series
highways,” Moore wrote. “The environmental benefits actually can affect people
throughout North America, particularly if other jurisdictions take up the
challenge and adopt similar legislation.”
Some owner-operators have told Land
Line they would stop delivering to Ontario if the province mandates
speed limiters to be activated and set at 65 mph.
The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario is still reviewing the
proposal and the public feedback, according to a spokesman. MTO had originally
planned to issue its report in late January.