The other day on Twitter I noticed Ontario professional driver Scott Mooney (aka @OntarioTrucker) discussing that the Ministry of Transportation was installing radar into its enforcement vehicles. I looked into it and found that he was correct. MTO spokesman Ajay Woozageer confirmed for me that the MTO was installing radar into its enforcement vehicles, as an additional way to enforce the province’s speed limiter law.
Till now, enforcement of the 105 rule required an MTO officer to hook an electronic reader into the engine’s ECU to determine whether or not the speed limiter had been activated at 105 km/h or slower. However, you may recall there’s a provision in the legislation that allows an enforcement officer to presume the speed limiter is not active if a commercial vehicle is observed travelling faster than 115 km/h.
That works great for cops. But one problem; MTO cars have not been equipped with radar, so how could they prove any wrongdoing? Well soon, just like the police, they’ll be able to use radar to determine a commercial vehicle’s speed and document it as evidence. They’ll also be able to play a bigger role in enforcing moving violations, or “rules of the road,” as Ajay dubbed them, such as speeding.
Will there be a period of educational enforcement, I asked, so that truckers aren’t caught completely off-guard? Nope. Ajay said officers will be enforcing existing rules – not new ones – so no educational period is required. Fair. I wouldn’t get bent out of shape about the MTO adding radar to their arsenal. Seems to me it’ll be the speeders and scofflaws that’ll suffer as a result of this change. However, I’m sure we’ll hear plenty of griping in 2014 as enforcement officers put their new tools to use.
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