Ontario speed-limiter protest set for Friday

| 12/17/2008

An OOIDA member is preparing to take a grassroots effort to the streets of Toronto to protest the Ontario government’s push to make speed limiters mandatory on all heavy trucks.

Owner-operator Scott Mooney plans to lead a peaceful protest Friday morning, Dec. 19, from a truck stop near Cambridge, Ontario, into downtown Toronto. He hopes to arrive at 11 a.m. at the provincial capital at Queen’s Park.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association issued a Call to Action on Wednesday, to let members know that OOIDA President Jim Johnston has drafted a letter calling on the Ontario government to reconsider enforcement of the speed-limiter regulation. Government officials have said that enforcement is to begin Jan. 1, 2009.

While this event is not being organized by OOIDA, the Association supports the message that will be conveyed to provincial officials at the event. OOIDA strongly opposed the speed limiter mandate and continues to fight its implementation.

OOIDA is calling on its membership to contact lawmakers in Ontario and ask them not to enforce the speed-limiter regs.

Members of the official opposition parties in the Ontario Legislature have sided with OOIDA and the Owner-Operators Business Association of Canada on the issue of speed limiters, but the ruling Liberal Party has not budged since introducing legislation in March and passing it in June.

Mooney, who regularly travels the 400-series highways in Ontario, says speed limiters will make those highways less safe because the flow of traffic routinely exceeds 70 mph. The law calls for speed limiters to be set on heavy trucks at a maximum of 105 km/h, or 65 mph. The posted speed limit on provincial highways in Ontario is 100 km/h, or 62 mph.

Mooney’s convoy will begin assembling at 9 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Fuel Centre, 2492 Cedar Creek Road, in Ayr, Ontario, near Cambridge. The fuel stop is located at Exit 268 on the south side of Highway 401.

– By David Tanner, staff writer