TORONTO, Ont. — Hopeful that Canadian provinces will soon move to allow full-sized trailer tails, ATDynamics has appointed Allen Smith director of Canadian sales to lead its expansion here.
The company will be at the upcoming Truck World show to officially bring its trailer tails to the Canadian market. The federal government has already amended legislation to allow full-sized trailer tails, but now each province must follow suit.
Trailer tails, which extend from the rear of the trailer to reduce drag, have proven to reduce fuel consumption by more than 5% at highway speed, ATDynamics reports. TransWest has become the first Canadian fleet to add tails to its trailers, but it can only legally deploy the devices when running in the US.
“TransWest has operated ATDynamics’ TrailerTails in its fleet since 2011,” said Guy Roy, risk management director at Logistiques TransWest. “Currently we are only able to deploy the devices once our trailers cross the Canadian border into the US, but TrailerTails have helped us to reduce our fuel consumption by over 5% and are a key component of our efforts to reduce the carbon intensity in our operations. We are anxious to begin operating our TrailerTails within Canada to maximize the environmental and fuel savings benefits of the technology.”
“Leading Canadian fleets are implementing trial units in anticipation of the expedited adoption of the federal amendment by the provinces,” added Smith. “Our American neighbours are enjoying a 5% MPG advantage over Canadian operators. TrailerTails can correct that.”
Smith has worked in the Canadian trucking industry for 26 years, with companies including Teleflex Power Systems, Carrier Transicold and Westport Innovations.