New amendments have been announced to Canada’s Vehicle Weights and Dimensions rules that will allow new-generation, wide-base single tires to be used in place of dual wheels on tractor-trailers and other large trucks.
New amendments have been announced to Canada’s Vehicle Weights and Dimensions rules that will allow new-generation, wide-base single tires to be used in place of dual wheels on tractor-trailers and other large trucks.. Click image to enlarge

Ottawa, Ontario – New amendments have been announced to Canada’s Vehicle Weights and Dimensions rules that will allow new-generation, wide-base single tires to be used in place of dual wheels on tractor-trailers and other large trucks. The news was announced by Michelin, which makes the X One tire at its plants in Waterville, Nova Scotia and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The changes, which will become effective on July 1, 2008, will establish requirements for trucks that are consistent with United States regulations, and will allow trucks and trailers so equipped to operate from coast to coast, and move freely between both countries.

“In the wake of soaring fuel costs, this news is welcome relief to truckers and fleets operating between the two countries,” said Marc Laferriere, vice-president of marketing, Michelin Americas Truck Tires. “Michelin X One tires can improve fuel efficiency by up to 10 per cent and allow for significantly larger payloads. This revised (ruling) offers a boost to fleet profitability and helps control rising transportation costs for the goods each of us buys each day.”

The rules will be in effect for all Canadian provinces, except for roads in the Northwest Territories, secondary roads in Newfoundland and Labrador, and roads in New Brunswick, depending on their highway classification.

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