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Truckers appeal for council to put brakes on bylaw

KENORA, Ont. -- The Kenora Trucker Safety Committee wants civic leaders to review the bylaw prohibiting the use of...


KENORA, Ont. — The Kenora Trucker Safety Committee wants civic leaders to review the bylaw prohibiting the use of engine brakes on the D2 and Lakeview Drive.

After concerns over noise levels, the current statute was enacted banning the jake in residential areas or on stretches of road where the speed limit is less than 60 km-h.

The posted speed on both the D2 and Lakeview Drive is 60 km-h, however the ban was imposed without involving truckers in the consultation process.

Vern Hertz, vice-president of the truckers’ committee, asked council on Monday to consider an amendment to the bylaw for safety reasons. He outlined the function and importance of jake brakes, which are a standard spec on trucks hauling logs to the local papermill on Ninth Street North at the end of the D2, and to Kenora Forest Products, located on Lakeview Drive just before the Keewatin Bridge.

“Without using these brakes it’s a hazard coming down the D2 into town and by the (Greyhound) bus depot on Lakeview Drive,” Hertz tells council.

Operations chairman Coun. Don McDougald says the city may consider an amendment to the bylaw between certain hours to ensure those who live near the D2 and Lakeview Drive won’t be bothered late at night or early in the morning by the shotgun-like rattle of brakes.


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