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Transport Canada posts final rule requiring stability control

OTTAWA, Ont. – Transport Canada has issued its final rule requiring electronic stability control (ESC) on heavy trucks.

The rule, published in the Canada Gazette II and available to read here[1], was applauded by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

ESC will be required on trucks and buses with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than 11,793 kgs under the rule, reflecting similar legislation in the U.S.

It is estimated there are on average about 660 truck rollover incidents in Canada every year, according to the CTA. While this represents less than 5% of all truck accidents, when a rollover does occur the resulting impact can be costly in terms of injuries to both motorists and truck drivers, as well as traffic tie-ups and lost productivity and efficiency.

“Roll stability systems help protect against loss of control accidents by automatically intervening by reducing engine torque and engaging the engine retarder, while automatically applying drive axle and trailer brakes. The activation takes place before the driver is aware of the need,” said CTA’s Geoff Wood.

The ESC requirements will be phased in for heavy trucks, starting first with three-axle truck tractors, effective Aug. 1, 2017 for vehicles manufactured in the U.S. and effective Dec. 14, 2017 for tractors in Canada.  All remaining tractor types, manufactured after Aug. 1, 2019 must come equipped with ESC.

Vehicles manufactured prior to the coming-into-force date need not be equipped with ESC.


  1. ^ here (www.gazette.gc.ca)

Federal government has role to play in facilitating autonomous vehicles: Garneau

MONTREAL, Que. – Canada is on the brink of an automotive revolution, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the introduction of the automobile.

That was the opinion of Marc Garneau, Canada’s transportation minister, when speaking this morning at Michelin’s Movin’ On conference on mobility and sustainability. Garneau pointed out that in 1908, not everyone was happy about the arrival of cars in this country. In fact, in P.E.I., cars were initially banned, and eventually allowed to operate on only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

The ban was partially lifted in 1913, and prohibition there was fully lifted in 1919. But opponents to the automobile were fearful of the noise, smoke, and collisions cars brought.

Garneau said similar fear today over autonomous vehicles must be overcome. In the early 1900s, government played a role in facilitating automobiles.

“Roads had to be paved, parking spaces created, traffic laws enacted and drivers educated to take more care,” Garneau said of those early days. “The automobile brought us an unprecedented degree of freedom, comfort and convenience.”

Likewise, government must now play a role in accommodating autonomous vehicles.

“We are going to see smart vehicles on smart roads in smart cities,” Garneau said. “We are going to see seamlessly integrated multimodal systems with traffic flow management systems to optimize efficiency.”

Garneau acknowledged, “Realistically, these new vehicles will bring new challenges, including some we can’t even see clearly right now. For example, how will we manage the transition from non-automated to fully-automated vehicles when both types of cars are on the roads? It will be as confusing as the time when horse-drawn carriages and early automobiles competed for the right of way.”

Garneau said autonomous vehicles will have to be able to respond to unforeseen circumstances, such as cargo falling on the road or wildlife on the highway.

“What is government’s role in all this?” Garneau queried. “It is our duty to have a modern and efficient road system which will safety integrate novel technologies.”

To this end, Garneau said the feds have already presented a strategic plan for the future of transportation, dubbed Transport 2030. It is also tasking Transport Canada with updating regulations and infrastructure to accommodate autonomous vehicles and new transport technologies.

The government has also invested $1.26 billion into a five-year strategic innovation fund.

“Connected and automated vehicles will have many benefits besides convenience,” he said. “Most accidents are caused by human error, so in theory, if you reduce the human factor, you will reduce the number of accidents and as minister of transport, this concerns me greatly. It will also improve efficiency and environmental performance, and has the promise of reducing congestion and therefore pollution.”

Among these emerging technologies Garneau touched on, was truck platooning, which he said has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 14%.

“That’s important when you consider almost a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are produced by the transportation sector and most of those emissions come from cars and trucks,” he said.

Garneau also said the federal government, along with its provincial and territorial counterparts, will do more to promote the use of zero emissions vehicles.

“Putting more zero emissions vehicles on our roads is essential in our drive towards the decarbonization of transportation and clean roads future,” he said, noting today only one in 200 cars bought is emissions-free, largely because they’re more expensive.

“A national zero emissions vehicle strategy is an essential element of our decarbonization of transportation,” he said.


Drivewyze adds 23 Alberta weigh station sites to bypass program

EDMONTON, Alta. – Drivewyze has added 23 PreClear vehicle inspection sites (VIS) throughout Alberta, which will bring the total to 48 locations along several key provincial and Trans-Canada routes in the province.

Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) Partners in Compliance (PIC) members can now take advantage of the additional locations, as the program has chosen Drivewyze as its exclusive technology provider for bypass services.

“We were pleased to partner with Drivewyze in providing our carriers with Drivewyze PreClear,” said AMTA president Lorraine Card. “PIC is a program with Alberta’s highest roadway safety ranking, and this service – available only to our PIC members – adds to that.”

The Drivewyze PreClear bypass service became operational in April, which was the Edmonton-based company’s first in Canada – the program is operational in 40 U.S. states.

“The expansion of our bypass service into Alberta—our home province in Canada— represents an important next step in the continued expansion of North America’s largest bypass service network,” said Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze. “Alberta PIC members no longer have to maintain dated transponder technology, which can get damaged or lost.”

Heath added that the program means participating PIC members don’t always need to pull into open weigh stations, but instead, only a small sampling of carriers, which saves money and time.

In April, over 2,000 participating PIC member trucks received nearly 15,000 weigh station bypasses in Alberta, saving an estimated $200,000 in fuel and operation costs.

“The addition of Drivewyze will help our commercial vehicle inspection officers automate processing of PIC members, better focus their resources on manual inspections, and lower the volume of trucks entering weigh stations,” said Steve Callahan, chief of the Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement branch. “As a result, they’ll be better able to deal with ever-increasing truck traffic in the province.”

The PIC program is a partnership between the AMTA and Alberta’s Ministry of Transportation and CVE. To achieve membership, carriers must pass a National Safety Code audit, achieve a Certificate of Recognition, and complete quarterly safety reports.