Government of Canada releases report on environmentally positive gains from speed limiters for trucks



    OTTAWA, July 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada today released a
report showing positive environmental gains from capping the speed of large
commercial trucks at 105 kilometres per hour (km/h) through an electronic
device called a speed limiter.
    The report reveals that speed limiters on large trucks could result in
228.6 million litres of diesel fuel saved, representing 1.4 per cent of the
total on-road diesel consumed in 2006. Annual greenhouse gas savings related
to this proposal are estimated at 0.64 megatonnes. Ontario and Quebec would
account for 64 per cent of these estimated national savings.
    "The Government of Canada supports the use of speed limiters on large
commercial trucks because they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and
improve fuel economy," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "This government is committed to
ensuring a cleaner, healthier environment for all Canadians. That principle is
the cornerstone behind our Turning the Corner action plan to reduce greenhouse
gases and air pollution."
    In April 2008, Minister Cannon welcomed the Council of Ministers
Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety in Gatineau, Quebec, where
it was agreed that each province/territory would be responsible for
implementing speed limiter legislation. Ontario recently passed legislation
requiring large commercial trucks operating in the province to be equipped
with an electronic speed limiter capped at 105 km/h. Quebec also has speed
limiter legislation for large commercial trucks.
    "We need a national approach if we are to reach our greenhouse gas
reduction targets. I congratulate Ontario and Quebec on being the first
provinces to mandate speed limiters and encourage other provinces and
territories to do the same," added Minister Cannon.
    In 2005, the Canadian Trucking Alliance called on governments to mandate
the activation of speed limiters on all heavy trucks travelling in Canada at
no more than 105 km/h. Transport Canada, with the assistance of a steering
committee representing British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New
Brunswick, commissioned a number of studies to review the implications of a
national speed limiter requirement from a safety, environmental, economic and
operational perspective.
    While the provincial and territorial governments have jurisdiction for
road use and after-market additions to motor vehicles, Transport Canada
develops safety standards and regulations for new vehicles and vehicles
imported for use in Canada.
    The studies are available at:
    http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/speed_limit/menu.htm




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