Toronto, Ontario – Beginning January 1, 2009, most large trucks in Ontario and Quebec will be required to use speed limiters, which will cap their speed at 105 km/h. The electronic devices will become mandatory in those provinces under new regulations.
A study by Transport Canada estimates that speed limiters will save the Ontario trucking industry about 100 million litres of diesel fuel each year, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 280,000 tonnes annually.
There will be a six-month educational awareness period to provide truck companies and drivers, including those from other Canadian provinces and territories, and the United States, an opportunity to comply with the new rules. The limiters will be mandatory for all trucks manufactured after 1995 with an electric engine, regardless of where they come from.