LCV pilot gets extended flight

TORONTO — Ontario’s Long Combination Vehicle pilot project has been extended until November 30, 2010, the 2010.

According to the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, the provincial Ministry of Transportation advised participants in a letter that all existing program conditions
will be maintained throughout the extended period to provide program continuity and allow time for more carriers to participate.

Extending the existing pilot program will allow further analysis of LCV operations as well as provide more data for the development of an appropriate strategy for program expansion in 2011, and possibly, a broader permanent policy.

According to MTO records, 64 out of the available 100 LCV permits have been issued to 32 carriers, as of May 2010. (Only members of the Ontario Trucking Association and PMTC were originally allowed to take part in the pilot).

To that point there had been 9,249 LCV trips for 2,900,300 km with no reported collisions or operational incidents.

Carriers participating in the program have reported several benefits, including cost savings and environmental improvements.

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