Court sides with province on Ontario’s speed limiter law

by Truck News

TORONTO, Ont. — The provincial court of appeal has ruled that speed limiters, which prevent trucks from going faster than 105 km/h, are legal in Ontario, upholding earlier passed provincial legislation.

Justice Peter Lauwers ruled this earlier last week in the case involving St. Catharine’s truck driver Gene Michaud, who had been ticketed for not having his speed limiter set properly back in 2009. He argued that travelling at 105 km/h was unsafe and violated his charter rights. He successfully argued his case in 2012, claiming the speed limiter didn’t give him room to maneuver in case he need to for safety reasons. Then, the province appealed and the decision was overturned in 2014.

On Monday, Lauwers sided with the legislation, causing widespread attention from truck drivers in the province who side with Michaud and say speed limiters are a safety hazard.

Michaud, who died in 2013, is backed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association according to a CBC news story.

The OOIDA now has 60 days to appeal the case to the supreme court.

You can read more on the CBC’s Web site.


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  • If you travel the eastern portion of hwy 401 you will soon realize that the speed limiter law is a joke that is rarely enforced. Trucks regularly fly past me and I’m set at 104 k/h. I called the MTO. They said call the OPP. I was asked ” what do you want us to do about it?” I’m disabling the speed limiter.

  • This is plain and simple, Ontario hates truck drivers. Of all the provinces and states that I have run Ontario is the worst place for BS OPP interactions with the trucking industry. Dictatorship at its finest.

  • The speed limit is 100 k/hr. Technically at 105 k/hr is speeding. I drive at 95 k/hr and I never worry about passing. I have a 10 k/hr buffer if I do need to pass. At the end of my day, Im relaxed and stress free.