Longer Trucks Will Benefit Economy, Environment, Road Safety



    McGuinty Government Approves Pilot Program; Includes Restrictions On Use

    TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Up to 100 vehicles will take part in a pilot program allowing commercial
operators to pull two full-sized trailers.
    Known as Long Combination Vehicle (LCV) transport trucks, these vehicles
transport light, bulky goods more safely, more economically, with less
greenhouse gas emissions. LCVs have been on the road in western Canada,
Quebec, and more than 20 American states for decades.
    The pilot program will include restrictions on where and when the
vehicles can travel, what they can carry and harmonizes Ontario and Quebec's
trucking regulations. Ontario's safety rules will exceed those in most other
jurisdictions.
    The program is the result of consultation with public safety and
municipal stakeholders, as well as representatives from the trucking and
manufacturing industries.

    QUOTES

    "We are taking a careful look at long combination vehicles to test their
benefits. The additional advantages to our environment and economy would be
welcomed."
    - Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation.

    "This is a good thing for Ontario's retailers and manufacturers. LCVs
will reduce transportation costs, fuel consumption and emissions associated
with truck transportation."
    - Bob Ballantyne, President of the Canadian Industrial Transportation
Association.

    "We have worked closely with the Ministry of Transportation to ensure the
LCV pilot considers road user safety."
    - Bill Grodzinski, OPP Chief Superintendent.

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -  Studies show that LCVs were involved in 60 per cent fewer collisions
       than single trailer trucks.
    -  The one-year pilot program involves member carriers from the Ontario
       Trucking Association and Private Motor Truck Council of Canada.
       Vehicles may only be operated by qualified drivers carrying a special
       LCV Driver Certificate.
    

    LEARN MORE
    Read more about the LCV pilot and program safety rules
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks).
    Read Go Green (http://www.gogreenontario.ca/plan.php), Ontario's Action
Plan on Climate Change.
    Learn about how the Ontario, Quebec, and federal governments are working
together to facilitate international trade in this Continental Gateway
(http://www.continentalgateway.ca/about.html).

    
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    BACKGROUNDER
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                 PILOT PROGRAM FOR LONG COMBINATION VEHICLES
    

    This summer, the Ministry of Transportation will begin a pilot program to
allow a limited number of commercial operators to pull two full-sized trailers
- referred to as long combination vehicles (LCVs) - on designated Ontario
highways.
    Ontario will carefully control LCV operations. The Ministry of
Transportation will gradually issue permits for up to 100 LCVs over a one-year
period.

    
    Economic Benefits

    -  LCVs are good for manufacturers and consumers. They allow Ontario
       retailers and manufacturers to bring voluminous, light-weight goods to
       market at a lower cost.

    Environmental Benefits

    -  By using less fuel to carry goods, LCVs reduce the greenhouse gas
       emissions associated with shipping goods by approximately one-third.

    Safety

    -  LCVs have been on the road in Western Canada, Quebec, and more than 20
       American states for decades. They have an excellent safety record,
       with fewer collisions reported than single-trailer trucks.
    -  Studies show that LCVs had 60 per cent fewer collisions than
       conventional tractor-trailers. (source is 2005 Alberta study)
    -  Each LCV replaces two 23-metre tractor-trailers which means fewer
       trucks on the road and a reduced risk of collision.

    Requirements and Restrictions

    Rules for LCVs include:
    -  Can only operate on designated divided highways (primarily 400-series
       highways)
    -  Can generally travel no more than two kilometres off designated
       highways, and only on approved routes
    -  Must have special safety equipment, including enhanced braking
       requirements and an electronic stability control system
    -  May not drive in or through the Greater Toronto Area during rush hours
    -  May not carry more weight than existing single tractor-trailers
    -  May not operate at the start and end of long weekends
    -  May not carry dangerous goods that would require a warning on the
       vehicle's exterior
    -  May not carry livestock
    -  May not operate during winter months (December, January, and February)
    -  Are prohibited from driving in bad weather or slippery conditions
    -  May not exceed 90km/hr

    Special requirements for LCV drivers include:

    -  Must be experienced tractor-trailer operators with a good safety
       record
    -  Must participate in specialized training and road testing

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    Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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