EASTERN PROV­INCES HARMONIZE RULES FOR LONG COM­BI­NA­TION VE­HI­CLES

Road Today - - Industry News -

On­tario, Que­bec, New Brunswick and Nova Sco­tia have har­mo­nized their re­quire­ments for long com­bi­na­tion ve­hi­cles (LCVS), al­low­ing car­ri­ers to trans­port goods more eas­ily and ef­fi­ciently across the four prov­inces while re­duc­ing emis­sions and low­er­ing ship­ping costs.

LCV’S are made up of a sin­gle trac­tor pulling two full-length trail­ers, ef­fec­tively re­plac­ing two trac­tor-trail­ers. They are best suited for freight that is light and bulky, weigh no more than stan­dard trac­tor-trail­ers and do less dam­age to trans­porta­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

LCVS re­duce fuel con­sump­tion and re­lated green­house gas emis­sions (GHGS) by ap­prox­i­mately one-third, while of­fer­ing ship­pers a cost-ef­fec­tive op­tion to move more goods at one time and bring goods to mar­ket at a lower cost. Har­mo­niz­ing the re­quire­ments al­lows for the free move­ment of LCVS across these prov­inces, pro­vid­ing both eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits.

Re­duc­ing bar­ri­ers on goods move­ment and trade is part of our plan to cre­ate jobs, grow our econ­omy and help peo­ple in their ev­ery­day lives.

Quick Facts

Since the in­cep­tion of the On­tario LCV Pro­gram in Au­gust 2009, car­ri­ers have safely com­pleted over 220,000 trips cov­er­ing 70 mil­lion km. The Canada Safety Coun­cil re­ports that LCVS are in­volved in at least 40 per cent fewer col­li­sions than reg­u­lar trac­tor­trail­ers. On­tario’s truck­ing sec­tor moves $1.24 tril­lion in goods an­nu­ally on On­tario’s roads. Ap­prox­i­mately $765M of On­tar­i­oUS trade crosses the border by truck on a daily ba­sis.

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