TORONTO, Ont. – The following are snippets from the many letters and e-mails Truck News received since posting information about Ontario’s new speed limiter legislation on trucknews.com:
I’m all for safety but this is the wrong way to do this. Let the police do their jobs, as we pay fuel tax to pay them already!
I’m not saying that speeding is good, but we are a company that runs the US, where the limit is over 100 km/h. I hear there’s a shortage of drivers – there’s a shortage of trained drivers. The qualified drivers and owner/operators are being pushed out.
– Gord Speers
I have absolutely nothing against speed limiters for trucks. What I do have a problem with is limiting the speed of the trucks and not the cars. If you are going to limit the speed of one, limit them all.
If limiting the speed of trucks is good for the environment, then think what it would do if you limited the speed of all the cars and small trucks on the road.
– Keith Vaughan
Much more thought needs to go into speed limiters on trucks at 105 km/h. Trucks cannot maintain that speed going up most hills and they will slow other traffic. Govern them at 75 mph – this will be better for US and Canadian trucks running in both countries. Unless you’re trying to keep US trucks out of Ontario.
– Brian Ferguson
I believe if this going to take place for commercial trucks, it should be mandatory for motorcycles, snowmobiles and personal vehicles as well.
Just think of the lives this would save, not to mention the environmental impact. It’s about time we stop picking on just the trucking industry – what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
– Doug Scott
If we really want to cut down on greenhouse gases, the government should encourage other fuel alternatives. If they are really serious about slowing down the speed on our highways, they would monitor the four-wheelers as well.
With today’s technology, it would be very easy to do so. I drive my truck under 100 km/h, a lot of time even at 95.
I know how much I am saving on my diesel bills. But when you are living in the north and where the double lanes do not exist much and we are passing each other on hills, you need some extra speed.
– Gaetan Carriere
• My concern is about the safety of everybody on the road. I was travelling westbound on the 401 near Kingston along with my wife who was driving her truck.
Our trucks are governed at 105 km/h but my truck was a little faster and out-pulled hers on the hills. I went to pass her as the roads were clear and there was very little traffic.
After I was about halfway up her trailer, an SUV started to flash his high-beams in our mirrors, swerving from right shoulder to left shoulder.
After I got by my wife, the SUV flew past us, cut me off and slammed on the brakes. We were both hauling B-trains and were grossed out at 63,000 kgs. I did everything in my power not to hit him and did not.
He stopped and got out, I stopped and got out. My wife called the police. The driver of the SUV and I got into a very heated dispute over me taking too long to pass my wife, which took 45 seconds.
The roads are not going to be any safer at 105, because of drivers in four-wheelers who don’t have the patience to wait or the knowledge to understand.
– Andrew Barlow
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