McGuinty Government Proposes To Reduce Pollution and Improve Road Safety
TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ -
Ontario is introducing legislation that if passed will cap the speed of
large commercial trucks at 105 kilometres per hour by making speed limiters
Speed limiters would help reduce green-house gas emissions and prevent
serious collisions - part of Ontario's plans to fight climate change and
improve road safety.
A speed limiter is an electronic device that caps the top speed of a
truck. Speed limiters are proven to lower maintenance costs and improve fuel
economy - this reduces emissions and saves fuel.
An educational enforcement period of six months would be instituted
before speed limiters were made mandatory, targeted for 2009.
"Slowing down big rigs on our highways would make our air cleaner and
keep traffic moving at a safe speed. Speed limiters are another step in
working together to build a cleaner, greener and stronger province," said
Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
"Using less fuel saves both money and the environment - it's a win-win
situation. This is a tremendous step forward for highway safety and the fight
against climate change," said Ontario Trucking Association president David
Bradley, whose association was an early supporter of truck speed limiters.
- Mandatory speed limiters in Ontario would reduce green-house gas
emissions by as much as 280,000 tonnes - that's like taking 2,700
tractor-trailers off the roads every year. It would also save about
100 million litres of diesel fuel per year.
- In Ontario, transportation accounts for more than 30 per cent of the
province's total green-house gas emissions.
- If passed, speed limiters would be mandatory for all trucks
manufactured after 1995 with an electronic engine operating in
Ontario, regardless of where they come from.
- Most trucks built in the last decade come equipped with speed limiter
Find out what else Ontario is doing to fight climate change
(http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/air/climatechange/index.php) and what you can do
to help - both at home and on the road.
Get more information about truck safety and regulations at the Truck and
Bus Information Centre (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/).
Learn about Ontario's trucking industry
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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