Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

November 16, 2005 13:00 ET

Environmental Group Supports Ontario Trucking Association Call for Speed Limitation of all Trucks at No More Than 105 kph

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 15, 2005) -

Would improve fuel efficiency, reduce GHG emissions

Ontario environmental group Pollution Probe today voiced its support for an Ontario Trucking Association proposal, passed today at the OTA annual general meeting, that would make it a legal requirement in Ontario that speed limiting technology be activated on all trucks and that the top speed a truck could go would be set at no more than 105 kilometres per hour (kph).

Dr. Quentin Chiotti, Air Programme Director and Senior Scientist of Pollution Probe says: "By developing and proposing a comprehensive policy on truck speed limitation and lane discipline, the Ontario Trucking Association is taking the lead in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants from commercial vehicles. Pollution Probe strongly endorses the adoption, compliance and enforcement of this policy, which will have positive health benefits for the population of Ontario."

Even though truck drivers are the least likely of all drivers to be operating at excessive speed, and many of its members already govern the speed of their fleet, OTA says that there are good environmental, safety and economic reasons for an industry-wide approach. Among the environmental benefits, OTA estimates:

- Fuel savings of as much as 10,500 litres of diesel fuel consumed per year for a typical tractor-trailer unit (or 50 million litres for all such trucks in Ontario). At today's diesel prices, this would equate to annual savings of about $8,400 per truck.

- It is estimated that with a mandatory speed limit of 105 kph the entire Ontario industry would save 50 million litres of diesel fuel per year.

- A reduction of as much as 140 kilotonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

At a press conference in Toronto today, OTA president David Bradley characterized the proposal "as perhaps the single most significant measure any industry has put on the table to conserve fuel and help the country meet its commitments under the Kyoto Accord."

Speed limiters (built-in electronic microchips that allow the top speed of truck engines to be preset) presently exist on virtually all truck engines built in the last decade, but it is not a requirement for them to be activated. In developing its policy, OTA consulted a wide range of stakeholders including: truck drivers, owner-operators, carriers, truck and engine manufacturers, insurance companies, enforcement and road safety agencies, government and the motoring public. According to OTA chairman Scott Smith, president of JD Smith & Sons of Toronto, who oversaw a committee of 13 trucking companies charged with the responsibility of developing the OTA plan: "While OTA's commitment to safety is well-entrenched and great strides are being made to reduce the impact of trucks on the environment making the activation of speed limiters mandatory will help us build an ever better trucking industry in Ontario."

(i) Estimated fuel and greenhouse gas savings are based on a tractor-trailer running 125,000 miles/year

About OTA: The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is a business association representing motor carriers operating into, out of and within Ontario. The trucking industry is one of Ontario's largest employers. Trucks haul 90% of all consumer products and foodstuffs produced and consumed in the province and 80% of Ontario's trade with the United States. Founded in 1926, the association's membership comprises trucking companies of all sizes, shipping all types of commodities, from all regions of North America. OTA is a member of the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Ontario Trucking Association
555 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 1H8
Ph: (416) 249-7401
Fax: (416) 245-6152

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