Michelin applauds B.C. for increasing weight limits on super singles

VICTORIA, B.C. –Michelin North America is lauding the B.C. government for increasing the load limits on “super singles.”

The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure increased the load limits for new-generation wide-base single tires (also known as super singles) that are size 455/55R22.5 from 7,700 kilograms to 8,500 kilograms last month – making them equivalent to those trucks using dual tires.

The move brings B.C. in line with other provinces allowing the more eco-friendly choice in tires. The tires leave less of a carbon footprint through greater fuel efficiency.

Michelin and the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) made submissions to B.C.’s Climate Leadership Consultation ahead of the Paris Agreement highlighting the tires among other technologies as tools for creating sustainable mobility.

The submission said heavy trucks expend an estimated one in every three tanks of fuel to overcome the rolling resistance of the tires alone, which is improved with wide-base, single tires.

“B.C.’s openness to well-founded arguments from knowledgeable stakeholders, such as the British Columbia Trucking Association, on how to reduce the carbon footprint of the commercial transport sector benefits the majority of Canadians. Heavy trucks now have the option to run competitive loads in an uninterrupted and eco-friendly fashion from coast to coast,” said Jeff MacLean, president, Michelin North America.

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