Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

November 14, 2005 16:30 ET

Ontario Trucking Association to Make a Major Announcement to Curb Speeding Trucks, Slash Emissions

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 14, 2005) -

ATTENTION: Transportation Editors and Assignment Desk

In what is being described as a "bold move" the Ontario Trucking Association will be making a major announcement at 1 pm, Nov. 16 (Toronto Congress Centre, Hall C) that will, if put into law, make speeding trucks a thing of the past and slash the trucking industry's output of greenhouse gas emissions.

OTA will be joined by safety, automobile and environmental groups in calling upon the Ontario government to make it a legal requirement that the speed limiters (sometimes referred to as governors) on all trucks be activated and set at a prescribed maximum speed, to be announced by OTA officials. (A speed limiter is a built-in electronic microchip that allows an engine's top speed to be pre-set to a defined maximum.)

A photo opportunity and a demonstration of how truck speed limiters can be monitored (using a real truck) will be available on site. The announcement is being made as the association prepares to welcome 4,500 international trucking industry leaders, government and safety officials to its annual two-day convention (Nov. 17 -18).

WHEN: 1 pm; Wednesday, Nov. 16

WHERE: Toronto Congress Centre (650 Dixon Rd.) Hall C

David Bradley, President, Ontario Trucking Association
Scott Smith, OTA Chairman, CEO of J.D. Smith & Sons
Dr. Quentin Chiotti, Air Program Director/Senior Scientist,
Pollution Probe
Emile-J. Therien, President, Canada Safety Council
Kris Barnier, Provincial Affairs Specialist, CAA Ontario
CEOs, Presidents & VPs of leading Canadian truck fleets

PHOTO OP: A live demonstration of how a truck speed limiter is set will be conducted using a tractor-trailer displaying a special message on its trailer.

The Ontario Trucking Association was founded in 1926 and provides services and policy advocacy for its members. The membership includes trucking companies from virtually all Canadian provinces as well as the United States.

Ontario Trucking Association
555 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 1H8

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