Transport Minister Jim Bradley (left) is pictured with Cummins' Adam Whitney and OTA president David Bradley (right) during a demonstration at Truck World.
TORONTO, Ont. — Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) chief David Bradley and Ontario Transport Minister Jim Bradley (no relation) held a demonstration at Truck World to show how easy it is to set a truck’s speed limiter.
The demo was mostly for the benefit for the mainstream press, which showed up in force.
“There’s been some uninformed debate around the question (of how easy it is to set a speed limiter),” David Bradley said. “We would like to briefly demonstrate that to you.”
Adam Whitney of Cummins helped the Minister set a truck’s speed limiter to 105 km/h using a laptop connected to the truck’s ECM.
Minister Bradley then fielded some questions from the press and voiced his optimism that the bill would be passed by the Legislature. He was cautious not to appear overly-optimistic, for fear of being found in contempt of the legislature. He also suggested Quebec may soon join Ontario in finally enacting its own speed limiter law, which is already on the books but not yet enforced.
“We are working with Quebec with the hope of being able to institute this provision at the same time, coordinating our efforts so that the same day these provisions come into effect in Ontario, they’d come into effect in Quebec,” the Minister said.
He said all three political parties in Ontario have voiced their support for the legislation.
When asked by Trucknews.com how the province plans to enforce the law and ensure the system is tamper-proof, Bradley said: “MTO personnel will be trained in how to detect anyone who’s been tampering, as will police services the OPP. That training will take place and any equipment they need will be purchased so they can detect any tampering. And of course, there will be significant penalties that would go with that.”
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