OOIDA member lends hand to speed limiter fight

| 11/14/2007

OOIDA member Jean Catudal of Yamaska, Quebec, is lending a helping hand to the fight against mandatory speed limiters in his province.
Catudal, the author of an online petition against mandatory speed limiters, has gone a step further and set up a toll-free number to help the Owner-Operators Business Association of Canada send a strong message of opposition to a proposal by Quebec’s minister of transportation, Julie Boulet.

Every little bit helps because Boulet filed legislation that includes mandatory speed limiters on Wednesday, Nov. 14, a transportation spokesman confirmed for Land Line.

Truckers, OBAC members and OOIDA members in Canada and the U.S. can call Catudal’s number, 1-866-747-OBAC or 1-866-747-6222, leave some basic information, and Jean or his wife, Suzanne, will stamp a postcard and send it to Minister Boulet on their behalf.

“People who wish to have a postcard sent to Ms. Boulet, we will send it on their behalf,” Catudal told Land Line. “We would like them to find the petition online, but if they can’t, they can have a postcard filled out and we will send it.”

To learn more about Catudal’s online petition, click here.

Transportation Spokesman Mario St. Pierre said Boulet introduced her proposal, which includes six measures aimed at highway safety, on Wednesday, Nov. 14. One measure would require speed limiters in the computers of heavy trucks to be set at a maximum speed of 105 kilometers per hour, or 65 mph.

Other measures introduced by Boulet include red-light cameras, photo radar, a ban on the use of cellular handsets while driving and stricter penalties for speeding or driving under the influence.

– By David Tanner, staff writer