Alberta’s transportation minister rejects speed limiters for his province

| Tuesday, April 29, 2008

While government officials and big trucking companies in Ontario and Quebec are pushing for mandatory speed limiters on heavy trucks, the transport minister of the Canadian province of Alberta has no plans to follow suit because of enforcement issues.

This past week, Luke Ouellette, Alberta minister of transportation, delivered the keynote address to members of the Alberta Motor Transport Association at a management conference. In the address he restated his opposition to speed limiters, TruckNews.com reported.

“I know there are economic and environmental reasons for considering mandatory speed limiters, but I also know it would be very difficult to enforce,” said Ouellette.

The minister has previously been on record as being opposed to mandatory speed limiters, which goes against the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s stance. The alliance and government officials in Ontario and Quebec want to restrict trucks to 105 km/h, or about 65 mph, on provincial highways.

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