I’m hearing vocational truck customers are really struggling with some of the current and impending SPIF regulations in Ontario.

I won’t lie – SPIF is a topic that makes my head hurt. And I’m talking migraine-type hurt here. But I’m willing to wade into this topic because I understand there’s a lot of confusion out there about the regulations and that some fleets and owner/ops are having a difficult time complying with SPIF requirements. Are you one of them? Let’s start the discussion.

E-mail me at jmenzies@trucknews.com and let me know about the issues you’re having. I’ll see what we can do to bring some more clarity to this widely misunderstood regulation.

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  • Hi,
    This whole SPIF program makes no sense to me. I have some good usable trailers, that will soon become useless to me. The idea of paying $65,000 to $70,000 for a new SPIF trailer to replace good trailers that I already own, makes me want to throw in the towel. Why not just let the trailers naturally phase out? And how does a permit make my older trailers okay to use? Sounds like another government grab to me. This whole program is nonsense, and is putting undue pressure on my business. It’s tough enough to make it in this industry, without all this crap. Eventually all 4 and 5 axle trailers will be SPIF compliant. WHY FORCE IT? I’m sure my arguement isn’t new. I’m just asking the powers that be, to have mercy on us, and not force a deadline. Just let the trailers phase out naturally.


  • I run 4 and 5 axle dump trailers that are non spif and I to can’t justify $120000 on a new trailer so I would also like to see the lift axle trailers phase themselves out. One day a lift axle is one weight and the next it’s derated by half? They’ve carried the weight so far so I say let them be. As far as tearing up the roads I have one spif trailer that eats the center tires of the tridems so I feel that’s harder on the road.