Western Star offers factory-installed SPIF unit in Canada

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Updated Aug 27, 2012

Western Star Truck Sales Inc. announced that it now offers a factory-installed Safe Productive Infrastructure Friendly unit for the Ontario market. Mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, SPIF vehicles are designed to minimize heavy trucks’ damage to roads and bridges without reducing weight.

In order to meet SPIF requirements, Western Star features a 22,000-lb. Watson/Chalin steerable pusher axle with 72-inch customized tandem spacing that maintains full axle capacity, providing body builders and upfitters with the necessary hardware to comply with the regulation and reduce up-fit time and complexity.

The system is designed to deploy the lift axle automatically when the truck is loaded, while the electronic controller – when combined with the standard drive and pusher suspension airing – provides automated control in full compliance with SPIF schedule 23 requirements.

“Our Ontario-based customers can now meet stringent SPIF compliance regulations without sacrificing load capacity or axle performance, all while meeting the highest quality standards expected when installed by Western Star,” said Guy Lemieux, marketing segment manager for Western Star. “This builds on Western Star’s heritage of offering factory-installed solutions to meet customer’s needs.”