SPECIAL REPORT: Hearing set for Thursday on Ontario speed limiters

| 6/2/2008

A public hearing has been set for Thursday, June 5, on legislation designed to make speed limiters mandatory on all heavy trucks doing business in the province of Ontario.

The deadline to register to testify is noon on Tuesday, June 3. Anyone wishing to testify can do so by calling Susan Sourial at (416) 325-7352, by faxing to (416) 325-3505 or by sending e-mail tosusan_sourial@ontla.ola.org.

Written comments will be accepted by fax, e-mail or walk-in through the end of the day, 5 p.m. Eastern time, on Thursday, June 5.

Ontario Transportation Minister James Bradley filed the legislation, Bill 41, in March to make the setting of speed limiters mandatory at 105 km/h or 65 mph regardless of where the truck is domiciled.

Officials with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association plan to testify and submit written comments to the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Justice Policy on behalf of small-business truckers.

The legislative committee has scheduled the only hearing on the subject, which is to take place from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and from 2:30 to 6 p.m., on Thursday, June 5. All times are Eastern.

The hearing is scheduled in Room 1405 in Whitney Block, Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 1A2.

Committee Clerk Susan Sourial told Land Line that the hearing could start earlier than 9 a.m. if the committee receives enough requests for oral testimony. She said she could not disclose how many people had signed up to speak.

Send written comments to:
            Susan Sourial, clerk
            Standing Committee on Justice Policy
            99 Wellesley Street West, Room 1405
            Whitney Block, Queen’s Park
            Toronto, Ontario
            Canada M7A 1A2

            Phone: (416) 325-7352
            Fax: (416) 325-3505
            TTY: (416) 325-3538

– By David Tanner, staff writer