Mandatory speed limiters start Jan. 1 in Ontario, Quebec

| 12/31/2008

If you are a trucker and you do business in or through the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, your truck will need to have a working speed limiter set at a maximum of 105 kilometers per hour, or 65 mph, starting Jan. 1.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and Owner-Operators Business Association of Canada have fought against government-mandated speed limiters since large motor carriers began lobbying the Ontario government in late 2005.

The owner-operator associations say that speed limiters will not make the highways safer and that the laws will be an impediment to cross-border and inter-provincial trade.

Enforcement is also an issue.

Ontario officials say enforcement will begin with an educational period lasting six months before the fines will begin for truckers not in compliance.

– By David Tanner, staff writer