As previously reported by OTA, work to introduce smart lift axles (SLA) for semi-trailers continues since it was given the green light last summer.
The benefits of taking another look at incorporating updated lift axle technology into MTO’s weights and dimension regime is important to ongoing national GHG reduction efforts .
To move the issue forward, MTO presented OTA with a terms-of-reference which required the completion of a detailed technical, operational, economic and environmental analysis. Completed in late February, the OTA analysis details the framework the Ministry can follow to developing a regulatory amendment.
“OTA members have been vocal about moving this issue forward for several operational and environmental considerations. Now, with an analysis in hand for MTO to use, we feel we are well positioned to achieve this in a practical, efficient and responsible manner,” said Geoff Wood, OTA’s VP Operations and Safety.
A time frame has not been established for an official amendment. However, this initial groundwork was the only way the process could be started.
Details of the OTA work includes:
- The benefits of SLA’s;
- Scope of the market and available technologies;
- How SLA’s are managed in other Canadian jurisdictions;
- Synergies with existing SPIF regulations and SLA’s and;
- A roadmap to incorporating SLA’s into the existing SPIF fleet and expected uptake
OTA will keep the membership informed on all development as this issue unfolds. OTA members interested in more details on these efforts can email operations&[email protected]