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Canadian Provinces to Require Speed Limiters on Trucks

November 06, 2008

The province of Quebec has finalizedits truck speed limiter rule and is on pace to have it take effect on New Year’sDay, according to Todaystrucking.com. The rule was finalized after years ofplanning and debate.

The fine in La Belle Province for not having a speed limiterset will be $350.

Ontario, which was the first province to draft legislationfor mandatory speed limiters on trucks, has still not formally approved its ownrule, but a Ministry of Transportation official confirmed that is expected tohappen shortly and the province also hopes to mirror implementation with Quebecon Jan. 1, 2009.

Ministry of Transportation spokesman Bob Nichols said aneducational enforcement period of six months will occur in Ontario after therule takes effect. During that time, truckers who do not have the engine ECMset at a maximum speed of 105 km/h would not receive monetary fines, but willbe warned of the rules.

David Bradley, whose Ontario Trucking Association beganlobbying Queen’s Park for mandatory speed limiters in 2005, welcomed the news.

But while Ontario and Quebec member carriersstrongly support the mandate, the sentiment from other truckers has been mixed.Many smaller fleets and owner-operators have been vocally against the idea.

The Owner-Operators Business Association of Canada, alongwith the U.S.based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, have led the drive tohave the rule shelved -- with little effect. OOIDA, however, has threatened tosue the Ontariogovernment on the grounds that speed limiters violate NAFTA -- a claim that OTAsays has no merit.

Most fleets will already have the codes to set speed limitersthemselves. Those that don’t, will have to bring their trucks into a dealer orcoordinate with another maintenance provider for a cost of about $100. 

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