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Western Star now offers factory-installed SPIF unit in Canada

Western Star Truck Sales, Inc. now offers a factory-installed Safe Productive Infrastructure Friendly (SPIF) unit for the Ontario, Canada market.

Mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, SPIF vehicles are designed to minimize heavy trucks’ damage to roads and bridges without reducing weight. In order to meet SPIF requirements, Western Star features a 22,000-lb Watson/Chalin steerable pusher axle with 72-inch customized tandem spacing that maintains full axle capacity.

Western Star’s “SPIF Option Package” provides body builders and up-fitters with the necessary hardware to comply with the regulation and reduce up-fit time and complexity.  The system automatically deploys the lift axle when the truck is loaded. In addition, the electronic controller – when combined with the standard drive and pusher suspension airing – provide automated control in full compliance with SPIF schedule 23 requirements.
“Our Ontario-based customers can now meet stringent SPIF compliance regulations without sacrificing load capacity or axle performance, all while meeting the highest quality standards expected when installed by Western Star,” said Guy Lemieux, marketing segment manager, Western Star. “This builds on Western Star’s heritage of offering factory-installed solutions to meet customer’s needs.”

The factory-installed SPIF unit is now available to order for all Western Star truck models.