Transport Canada says there were about 2,800 truck tractor rollovers in Canada between 2005 and 2012
In an effort to curb driver fatigue, federally regulated trucks and buses in Canada will soon have to record electronically how many hours their drivers spend on the road.
The government is also making rollover-avoidance technology more widespread on the roads.
New buses and trucks will be required to have electronic
stability control technology on board by June 2018. The department's
cost-benefit analysis found the initiative could prevent up to 30
accidents a year.
The two mandatory technologies were highlighted by Transport
Minister Marc Garneau during a stop in Brampton, Ont., on Monday. The
recording devices mark a change from the paper log books drivers have
The records are synced with a vehicle's engine and are designed to be tamper-resistant, said the department.
Federal rules already spell out that employers can't ask their
workers to drive for more than 13 hours and must give them at least
eight consecutive hours off before hitting the road again.
Still, Transport Canada says fatigue is to blame in 15 to 20 per cent of
The new devices will be mandatory by 2020.
So far the move has received support from members of the trucking industry.
"Electronic logs will make compliance easier to verify,
ensuring all carriers are following the hours-of-service rules. This
will result in a levelling of the playing field within the industry and
improved road safety for all," said Mike Millian, president of the
Private Motor Truck Council of Canada.
The government says the technology can help reduce crashes and
rollovers by helping drivers maintain control. It's been mandatory in
new cars since 2011.
Transport Canada says there were about 2,800 truck-tractor rollovers in Canada between 2005 and 2012.
The departments says the two initiatives brings Canada in line with the U.S. and will make the roads safer.
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