By Alyssa Dalton
October 1, 2012 – Western Star Truck Sales is now offering a factory-installed Safe Productive Infrastructure Friendly (SPIF) unit for the Ontario 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″-customized tandem spacing that maintains full axle capacity. Western Star’s “SPIF Option Package” provides body builders and up-fitters with hardware to comply with the regulation and reduce up-fit time and complexity, it says. The system automatically deploys the lift axle when the truck is loaded.