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ATDynamics to benefit from Canadian rule

ATDynamics announces on Oct. 1, 2014, Canada’s Ministers of Transportation and Highway Safety approved an amendment to the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Memorandum of Understanding on Interprovincial Weights and Dimensions (MOU), which will now allow full length, maximum efficiency TrailerTails to operate within all Canadian Provinces.

The MOU serves to harmonize vehicle weight and dimension regulations within the Canadian Provinces to facilitate and support cross-provincial and territorial transportation of goods as well as the unencumbered transit of heavy-duty tractor-trailers crossing Canadian borders, ATDynamics says.

ATDynamics has worked with Canadian and cross-border trucking fleet customers since 2007 to update vehicle length exemptions and regulations, whose implementation would deliver immediate financial, environmental and safety benefits to the North American transportation industry.

“After considerable research on the effectiveness and safety of rear-mounted aerodynamic devices, in December 2013 Transport Canada revised regulations to facilitate the use of larger aerodynamic devices on the rear of trucks and trailers,” says the Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat.  “This amendment will harmonize regulations in Canada with those in the United States and support the trucking industry in improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.”

The next step is for each Province to issue permits or defer enforcement in the short term until legislation is changed to align with the Federal allowance for full length TrailerTail devices.  ATDynamics says the Province of Ontario began a deferred enforcement policy for the longer TrailerTails on Aug. 11, 2014, ahead of this amendment.  It is expected the remaining Provinces will now quickly follow with interim measures to allow trucking fleets to operate TrailerTails immediately throughout all Provinces in Canada.

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