TORONTO, Ont. — The Council of Ministers Responsible for Highway Safety announced it has approved in principle changes to the national Memorandum of Understanding on Interprovincial Weights and Dimensions (the MoU) to allow use of longer tractors.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) applauded the announcement as it has lobbied for longer tractors based on the need for more frame rail space to accommodate emission reduction technologies as well as larger sleeper berths to address driver comfort and fatigue.
“CTA is extremely pleased with the announcement as it signals another step forward by transportation ministers from across the county to adjust regulations to provide greater flexibility for fleets and OEMs to adapt to forthcoming GHG regulations,” said Geoff Wood, CTA’s vice-president, Operations and Safety.
All provinces and territories are signatories to the MoU and agree to allow vehicles which comply with MoU weights and dimensions to travel on designated highways in their jurisdiction.
“CTA is hopeful all jurisdictions will work in an expedited manner to move this important issue forward and amend appropriate regulations. While this is taking place, enforcement deferrals should be strongly considered, which have worked well for other key GHG reducing technologies such as trailer boat tails,” added Wood.