The Ontario legislature has passed a bill mandating speed limiter use on most large trucks to cap speeds at 105 kilometers per hour (65 mph) to reduce pollution and improve road safety. The use of speed limiters could be implemented as early as this fall, followed by a six -to 12-month education period.
“Speed limiters slow down trucks, help keep our roads safe and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Transportation Minister Jim Bradley. “This is another step forward in our plan to build a cleaner, greener and stronger province.”
David Bradley, president of the Ontario Trucking Association, echoed the transportation minister’s sentiments. “The mandatory activation of speed limiters is an effective way for the trucking industry to further contribute to safer highways and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he says. “The fuel savings from speed limiters will also help to moderate the increases in operating costs from escalating diesel fuel prices. This is the right thing to do.”