July 4, 2007

Ontario supports mandatory speed limiters on trucks

Toronto, Ontario – Ontario Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield has announced a proposal to regulate large commercial trucks to 105 km/h by the use of speed limiters. The mandatory limiters are part of Ontario’s plan to improve road safety, she says.

“Ontario is a leader in road safety, and this government is always looking for ways to make our highways safer,” Cansfield says. “Ontario is proposing to regulate speed limiters at 105 km/h. Regulating the use of speed limiters for large commercial trucks may help prevent serious collisions.”

A speed limiter is a built-in microchip that enables presetting of the engine’s top speed. All trucks built in the last decade come equipped with the technology. Cansfield says mandating speed limiters would build on legislation passed this spring, which targets dangerous and reckless driving, with tough penalties for those convicted of drinking and driving, and of street racing offences.

“This is a great step forward for highway safety and for the environment,” says David Bradley, president of the Ontario Trucking Association. “Even though truck drivers are, on the whole, the least likely to be excessively speeding, the means exist through activation of speed limiters to virtually eliminate it and to improve lane discipline at the same time.”

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