CALGARY, Alta. — The Alberta Motor Transport Association is working with the province to allow an increase in the allowable weight on wide-base single tires. An AMTA delegation met recently with Alberta Transport Minister Ray Danyluk to request an increase from the current 7,700 kg/axle to 8,500 kg/axle – the equivalent to what is currently allowed on dual tires.
AMTA executive director Don Wilson says the move would be of benefit to both the environment and productivity.
“Moving to wide base tires would result in productivity gains. At the moment, wide-base tires can only be used on equipment that is not fully loaded,” says Wilson. “The tires offer productivity enhancements – better fuel mileage – something which would reduce the industry’s contribution to greenhouse gases.”
“Some trials show fleets realizing a fuel saving as high as 10% by running super-single wide tires,” says Wilson. “The environmental benefits, coupled with being better for the Alberta economy, are just too significant to ignore.”
The delegation team met with the minister, his inner circle of senior advisors and transportation engineers, at the Legislature in Edmonton.
The team was made up of Wilson, AMTA board president Carl Rosenau (Rosenau Transport), incoming president Dan Duckering (Duckering’s Transport), and industry advisor Ron Madill. Madill is a former Ontario transportation ministry staffer with extensive knowledge of wide base tires, according to AMTA officials.
Minister Danyluk told the delegation that he was keeping an open mind and would take a closer look at the overall picture.
The AMTA noted that with a provincial election looming, the minister’s office may need to wait until after the election to determine its next steps.
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