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OOIDA issues Call to Action against speed limiters (December 19, 2007)

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. -- The US-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is calling on its members ...

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The US-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is calling on its members to oppose the implementation of speed limiter legislation in Ontario and Quebec.

The association, which represents more than 159,000 members, officially issued the Call to Action on its Web site yesterday.

“As you may be aware, the governments in Quebec and Ontario have proposed legislation that would require heavy truck engines to be limited to a maximum speed of 105 k/hr (65 mph). The Minister of Transportation in Quebec recently introduced speed limiter legislation as part of an overall road safety package. The good news is the Quebec government has made an informal commitment to postpone enforcing a speed limiter requirement until the rest of Canada adopts similar laws. In Ontario, the government has not yet introduced legislation, but at this point some officials are still saying they are committed to mandating speed limiters on all heavy trucks operating in and through the province,” OOIDA said on its site,

“Now is the time for you to stand up and voice your opinion on speed limiters. Whether you live in Ontario, or another Canadian province or in the US and drive in Ontario, you need to call or write the Ontario Transportation Minister and the Ontario Premier ASAP. Tell them your thoughts or experiences about speed limited trucks and how a speed limiter requirement will impact your business, productivity, or ability to haul goods into or out of Ontario.”

The Web site posted the contact information for Ontario Transport Minister Jim Bradley (416-327-9200) and Premier Dalton McGuinty (416-325-1941).

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