Ontario initiates Phase 2 of weight, dimension changes on lift axles
TORONTO, Ont. – A new generation of safer, infrastructure-friendly trucks will be the result of the second round of the vehicle weight and dimension reform in Ontario.
These latest reforms deal specifically with lift-axle-equipped dump trailers, which have been deemed a tremendous cause of excessive bridge and pavement wear.
This is the second group of vehicles to be addressed under the ministry’s weight and dimension reforms, which will eventually sweep through all specs.
Equipment owners and operators are protected in two ways. Existing equipment can continue to operate at current weights for many more years. When time comes to purchase new dump semi-trailers, infrastructure-friendly alternatives that are just as productive as existing equipment is available.
Alternatives include a single semi-trailer operating on a tandem axle. Consultations for the next phase of vehicle weight and dimension reforms are expected to start later this year. Phase 3 will address all remaining lift-axle equipped semi-trailers including multi-axle vans, flatbeds, tanks and doubles.
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