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Proposed B-train configuration bill to accommodate safety, environmental enhancements

from Ontario Trucking Association

Operators of B-trains will have more flexibility to spec their equipment going forward thanks to a bill introduced in the Ontario Legislature by Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca. Bill 31 proposes to amend the Highway Traffic Act by extending the maximum overall length of the popular B-train tractor-double trailer combination from 25 metres to 27.5 metres in order to accommodate a longer wheelbase tractor. This is necessary to accommodate more comfortable sleeper berths for drivers, animal strike guards — moose bumpers — and technologies such as auxiliary power units in order to meet more progressively stringent air quality and GHG reduction standards, says the Ontario Trucking Association. more

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