Greening of Transport Regulations
Canadian corridor allows eco-friendly, wide-base single truck tires to operate at competitive loads from Nova Scotia to British Columbia
LAVAL, QC, July 5, 2018 — Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. welcomes regulatory changes by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure that remove certain tire-related commercial disincentives and advance sustainable mobility practices in the trucking industry.
B.C. has increased load limits for new-generation wide-base single tires that are size 455/55R22.5 – from 7,700 kilograms to 8,500 kilograms – aligning B.C. with other provinces that have increased weight allowances. This change allows heavy trucks equipped with eco-friendly, wide-base single tires to carry equivalent loads as those equipped with dual tires. The regulatory change translates to an increase in hauling capacity, a decrease in fuel consumption and a greater respect for the environment through lower emissions.
The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) and Michelin Canada made submissions to B.C.’s Climate Leadership Consultation ahead of the Paris Agreement, underscoring how available, innovative tire technology contributes to sustainable mobility. Heavy trucks expend an estimated one in every three tanks of fuel to overcome the rolling resistance of the tires alone, which is improved with wide-base, single tires.
“Michelin’s purpose is to consistently innovate, developing and championing the use of green technology that supports responsible, commercial mobility, which also benefits people and the environment,” said Jeff MacLean, president, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. “B.C.’s openness to well-founded arguments from knowledgeable stakeholders, such as the British Columbia Trucking Association, on how to reduce the carbon footprint of the commercial transport sector benefits the majority of Canadians. Heavy trucks now have the option to run competitive loads in an uninterrupted and eco-friendly fashion from coast to coast.”
Wide-base single tires have been available in North America since 2000. These tires require less petroleum in their production and produce less waste at end of life than conventional dual tires. Load parity – allowing 8,500 kg/axle or 9,100 kg/axle, based on provincial legislation, (as opposed to 7,700 kg/axle) for heavy trucks regardless of whether they are equipped with wide-base single tires or dual tires – was implemented nearly a decade later: 2008 in Ontario and 2009 in Quebec. In 2015, Manitoba revised regulations, allowing load parity for heavy trucks that meet national load ratings while travelling provincial highways. As of July 1, 2017, all the Prairie provinces had adopted regulations permitting the use of wide-base single tires at competitive loads. Most recently, in April 2018, New Brunswick announced that fleet members of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association can participate in a pilot project for New Generation Wide Base Tire load parity applicable to tire size 455/55R22.5.
About Michelin North America
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs more than 20,000 people and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. In Canada, Michelin employs over 3300 and has three tire manufacturing facilities located in Nova Scotia.☚