FERGUS, Ont. — While widespread opposition to Ontario’s controversial speed limiter law has mostly petered out, a small group of drivers is claiming the law can cause runaway trucks.
Under the guise of the Ontario Commercial Drivers Coalition, founder Scott Mooney issued a press release claiming there have been numerous instances in Ontario where the speed limiter law has caused trucks to accelerate out of control because drivers needing to downshift have been unable to increase engine RPM to do so while at the maximum engine speed setting.
Mooney said it’s an issue on downhill grades where, in order to get the full benefit of the engine brake, a driver often must downshift.
“In order for a driver to be able to utilize the Jake Brake at its maximum slowing ability, the driver will need to change gears to a lower gear. If the vehicle has already exceeded the engines speed limiter setting before gearing down takes place, as the driver takes the truck out of gear to gear down, the speed limiter will not permit the driver to increase the engine RPM restricting the re-engagement of the transmission,” Mooney claims. “Once this happens, the truck will continue to accelerate out of speed control until it either reaches an incline, eventually slowing the truck, or by striking anything in the path of the truck.”
Mooney said he has tried bringing the issue to Transport Minister Kathleen Wynne’s attention but to no avail.
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