Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

June 02, 2006 08:22 ET

OTA Welcomes Legislative Support of Speed Limiter Law

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 1, 2006) - A private member's bill (Bill 115) introduced by Progressive Conservative environment critic, MPP Laurie Scott (Haliburton-Victoria-Brock) which would enact the Ontario Trucking Association's proposal requiring all trucks operating in Ontario to activate their engine speed limiters and to cap the maximum speed for trucks at no more than at 105 km/hr., received approval in principle today when it passed second reading in the Legislature after receiving support from members of all three parties. The bill will now be referred to the Legislature's Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs for further analysis before going to third reading, where if it passes it would become law.

News of the bill's passage was welcomed by OTA, which represents trucking companies. OTA president David Bradley called it "a major step forward for the environment and for road safety." The bill was passed by a wide margin of 27- 6 with members of the Progressive Conservatives, the governing Liberal party and the New Democratic party voting in favour.

Bradley acknowledged there is still a lot of work to do but said, "backing from all three parties shows that this issue has broad non-partisan support. We are grateful for that." He said his association is looking forward to addressing some of the questions raised during the debate at the committee.

"Laurie Scott deserves credit for showing real leadership in bringing this bill forward. It's not always easy to stand up and fight for the right thing, especially when there is some vocal opposition," he said.

Among those who also spoke in favour of the bill were Liberal Tony Ruprecht (Davenport); PC's Ernie Hardeman (Oxford) and John O'Toole (Durham) who is also the party's transportation critic; and NDP MPP, Michael Prue (Beaches-East York).

Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) was founded in 1926, and provides services and public policy advocacy for trucking companies hauling freight into, out of and within the Province of Ontario.

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