GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is urging Canadian truckers not to give up the fight against Ontario’s speed limiter legislation.
The group issued a release pointing out there are still upcoming public hearings on the subject.
“We look forward to working with all political parties to ensure that driver safety, a clean environment and a strong North American economy are the foundation of proposed changes to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act,” said Jim Johnston, OOIDA president.
OOIDA commended the provincial government for soliciting input from groups that oppose the proposed law, which would limit truck speeds at 105 km/h.
“We applaud the Ontario government for doing the right thing and allowing the public to be part of the dialogue,” added Johnston.
The US group also criticized the Ontario Trucking Association for “accusing the Ontario Opposition Parties of ‘pandering’ to the interests of independent drivers.”
The group said that “is a slap in the face to the hardworking men and women who have been elected to represent their constituents’ views. We at OOIDA work with everyone government and opposition to ensure that the legitimate concerns about highway safety, the environment and cross-border trade are front and center in any discussions impacting truckers.”
OOIDA voiced optimism that the legislation can still be amended and is encouraged by the province’s willingness to accept further public input.
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