Toronto, Ontario – The government of Ontario is introducing legislation that, if passed, will cap the speed of large commercial trucks to 105 km/h through the use of mandatory speed limiters.

Speed limiters would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent serious collisions, part of Ontario’s plans to fight climate change and improve road safety. An educational enforcement period of six months would be instituted before speed limiters were made mandatory, which is targeted for 2009.

In a statement, the provincial government said that mandatory speed limiters in Ontario would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 280,000 tonnes, and save 100 million litres of diesel fuel per year. If passed, the limiters would be mandatory for all trucks manufactured after 1995 with an electronic engine operating in Ontario, regardless of where they come from.

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