Ontario Trucking Association

Ontario Trucking Association

November 16, 2005 13:00 ET

Safety Groups Support Ontario Trucking Association Plan to Make Activation of Speed Limiters A Legal Requirement

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 16, 2005) -

Trucks would be able to travel at no more than 105 kph

Safety groups such as the Canada Safety Council, the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, SMARTRISK and the Transportation Health & Safety Association are cheering today's announcement by the Ontario Trucking Association calling upon the provincial government to introduce a law that would make it mandatory for speed limiters to be activated on all trucks and set at a maximum speed of no more than 105 kilometres per hour (kph). The OTA policy was announced today at the association's Annual General Meeting.

Emile J. Therien, President of the Canada Safety Council, applauded the OTA initiative saying: "Problems associated with speeding vehicles are well known and have been well documented. In the case of speed limiters in Ontario, CSC supports the OTA's call for government legislation to mandate their use for commercial vehicles operating in the province."

"The policy has been developed with due consideration to the research on the relationship between speed and crash risk, as well as the relationship between differential speed and crash risk," says Herb M. Simpson, President and CEO of Traffic Injury Research Foundation.

"This initiative will .... instill confidence and cooperation with other motorists," said Marolyn Morrison, Chair of Road Watch Ontario/Canada.

"SMARTRISK strongly supports the OTA's campaign to mandate speed limiters on trucks operating in Ontario," says Dr. Robert Conn, President and CEO. "We believe the mandating of speed limiters will reduce motor vehicle crashes and save lives across the province of Ontario."

"I wish to emphasize that THSAO consistently maintains that excessive speed is directly related to increased fatalities and that speeding heightens the severity of motor vehicle collisions," says Michael J. Burke, President and CEO, Transportation Health and Safety Association 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 there are good safety, environmental and economic reasons for an industry-wide mandate. OTA president David Bradley says that in addition to moderating the severity of truck-car crashes, limiting the speed of trucks "will help improve lane discipline by reducing tailgating and improper lane changes."

Scott Smith, OTA chairman and the president of JD Smith & Sons, a third generation trucking company based in Toronto, oversaw a panel of 13 trucking company executives who developed the OTA position. He says: "Once the activation of speed limiters is made law and the most a truck can go is no more than 105 kph, any truck that is traveling over the limit will stand out like a sore thumb."

In developing its policy, OTA consulted with 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.

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
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Toronto, Ontario
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