B.C. Transport Minister puts speed limiter concerns to rest

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VICTORIA, B.C. — The North American Truckers Guild (NATG) says it has been assured by B.C. Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom that there are no plans to implement speed limiter legislation in that province.

In a letter to the Guild, Lekstrom wrote: “Please be assured British Columbia is not planning to legislate the mandatory use of speed limiters. An estimated 43% of commercial vehicles operating within our province already have their speed managed voluntarily through speed limiters. As well, Transport Canada has determined that the mountainous topography of our province contributes to 97.2% of heavy trucks operating at speeds less than 105 km/h, compared to 40 to 70% for other provinces.”

Lekstrom also hinted that the four western provinces would likely collaborate on any such legislation as part of the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.

“This agreement is intended to eliminate trade, investment and labour mobility barriers between the three provinces,” Lekstrom wrote. “As such, potential regulatory changes, such as the mandatory use of speed limiters, would need to be considered within the context of British Columbia’s commitment to the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.”

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