by Rob Penner

And it’s a double-edged sword. Canadian regulatory policy is putting Canadian truckers at a distinct disadvantage with our American counterparts on all cross-border business and worse yet, American trucks spec’d with 6x2s and extended boat tails are operating within our borders every single day, without penalty!?!? How can this be?

It’s not hard to see missing inter-axle drivelines, is it? And how often do you see tractors with US tin rolling down the Trans-Canada with boat tail deployed? I’ve also read about some Canadian fleets toying with 6x2s and have seen some with my own eyes. I find that equally concerning.

How can you tell your drivers to follow the laws of the land, while at the same time putting them in illegal equipment? The law is the law and compliance should not be optional. And how are the OEMs getting away with selling equipment deemed illegal in the provinces they are being delivered into? Seems to me we’d be much better off attacking the problem with a unified voice, to force change versus running around the law.

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