Photo via ATDynamics.
Full-length TrailerTail devices have been made legal in Ontario, Canada as of August 11.
Ontario is the first Canadian province to allow trucking fleets to use the aerodynamic devices on its roads ahead of an official provincial regulatory change.
Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation felt that the efficiency and environmental benefits of using an aerodynamic device shouldn’t be postponed while regulations were amended.
In December of last year, Transport Canada amended its Motor Vehicle Safety Act to allow boattail devices like the TrailerTail to be up to 5 feet long. Previously the maximum was under 2 feet. However, it is up to each province to amend local vehicle codes to reflect the change in policy.
In fuel efficiency testing it was shown that longer boat tail lengths showed greater fuel savings. ATDynamics, producer of the TrailerTail, said they had been working with Canadian regulators since 2009 to amend transportation regulations on boat tail devices.
“We are thrilled that the regulatory hurdles have been overcome and that we can now provide fleets with the highest efficiency trailers in the industry,” said ATDynamics CEO Andrew Smith.