EDMONTON, Alta. -- The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) recently met with provincial Transport Minister Ric McIver, to discuss key issues including the use of wide-base single tires and natural gas-powered tractors.
AMTA executive director Don Wilson was accompanied by Westcan Bulk Transport CEO Tom Kenny during the meeting.
“With the surplus availability of liquid natural gas it makes sense to explore the use of this type of fuel for Class 8 truck applications,” says AMTA’s Wilson. “Infrastructure concerns around the location of liquefied natural gas filling stations would also need to be addressed, as would the cost of converting equipment - but given current natural gas prices it makes sense in the long-term for return on investment.”
AMTA reps informed the Minister that trucks fitted to run on natural gas weight more than diesel tractors and therefore can carry less payload. The association would like to see incentives offered to make natural gas vehicles more viable.
Also on the agenda was wide-base tires. The AMTA wants to see the maximum allowable weight on wide-base single tires increased to equal parity with duals. Wilson reports the Minister was open to the idea, but is awaiting further information regarding the tires’ impact on infrastructure.