Benefits of 6×2 axles, Canadian restrictions focus of new video

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With Canadian policymakers set to discuss regulations that prohibit advanced 6x2s axle configurations later this year, manufacturers and fleets have stepped up their efforts to raise awareness of the technology’s benefits.

Meritor has produced a nine-minute video, including appearances from fleets in the US and Canada and even competitor Bendix, which explains how 6×2 axles work and why they don’t pose a threat to Canada’s roadways.

The video, which can be watched below, details the benefits of 6x2s and highlights why demand for this configuration is expected to rapidly increase.

Canada doesn’t allow 6×2 axles because a Memorandum of Understanding signed onto by the provinces requires tandem axles to be within 1,000 kgs of each other at all times. With 6x2s, this is true about 97% of the time, however, advanced electronics shift the load to the driven axle in low-traction scenarios.

You can read more about Canada’s 6×2 regulations here. Meritor and its partners have also created a new Web site at to raise awareness of the issue.

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  • Here we go again. Remember the days of Kleysen Transport using the tag axle technology…. Under developed L-10 Cummins with a tag axle, what a combo!!! It sounds that the 6×2 axle configuration is as useless at it would come. If they do allow anything like this on Canadian hi-ways I hope it is only used from Winnipeg to Swift Current as it wouldn’t cut it in the hills like B.C. for example….. Yes I can see why they wouldn’t want these 6×2’s on Canadian hi-ways as my concern too would be even weight distribution on a set, mostly grossly over weight for that set, stupid idea…