A battle in the courts over speed limiter use in Ontario has hit a brick wall.
The provincial court of appeal has upheld legislation that requires large trucks operating in the province to limit their speed to 105 km/h, a law that came into effect on January 1st, 2009.
St. Catharines truck driver Gene Michaud, who passed away in 2013, argued that the law dictating that he keep his speed limied to 105 km/h was unsafe and violated his charter rights. An inspector discovered that he had set his limiter to 109.4 km/h, and he was hit with a $490 ticket, which kicked off his court battle.
His won his argument in 2012, but the province fought back and appealed it, overturning the decision in 2014. Michaud’s widow, Barbara, appealed that appeal, with Monday’s result.
The judge in this recent appeal argued that the limiters made roads safer, and helped to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases.
Do these speed limiters make it more difficult to operate a large truck on Ontario roads? Have limiters made the trucking industry more dangerous?