TORONTO, Ont. -- Full-length trailer tails may finally get the green light in Canada.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says a change to Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 223 (CMVSS 223) could pave the way for the fuel-saving devices, which extend from the rear of a trailer to reduce aerodynamic drag, to be used in Canada.
Each province will still have to update its own regulations before they’re approved.
“CTA would like to recognize the hard work and dedication to this issue by Transport Canada, National Research Council and the Task Force on Vehicle Weights and Dimensions,” said Geoffrey Wood, CTA’s vice-president, operations and safety.
CTA played a role in lobbying for the revisions.
Many US fleets have deployed trailer tails and are enjoying significant fuel savings. Here in Canada, Groupe Trans West was the first fleet to deploy them across all its trailers. The tails are extended while running in the US and folded in while in Canada.