TORONTO, Ont. — Transport Canada revealed today that it is in the process of mandating electronic stability control on newly built truck tractors.
Transport Canada’s announcement was in Gazette I and calls for for the mandatory installation of electronic stability control (ESC) on newly built 3 axle truck tractors with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 11,793 kgs beginning in August 2017.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance applauded the decision by Transport Canada saying that over time, this regulation will dramatically reduce these types of incidents occurring on Canadian roadways.
CTA added that a 2012 analysis by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, ESC is between 40% to 56% effective in reducing roll-over incidents. It is estimated a rollover can cost a motor carrier on average anywhere between $197,000 and over $1.1 million in repairs, insurance and other costs depending on the cargo being carried and whether the crash results in a fatality. Today, the current purchase price of electronic stability technology is in the $600-$1,200 range. And, it is anticipated that this price will go down once a mandate is introduced.
“This measure introduced by Transport Canada is not only going to improve highway safety and reduce roadway safety incidents involving commercial vehicles, it is inexpensive insurance for motor carriers,” said David Bradley, CEO of CTA.
The regulation is set to come into force for new equipment only, starting with 3 axle truck tractors beginning August 1, 2017 and phasing in all targeted truck tractors and motor coaches by August 1, 2019.