CTA says it’s time for a national oversight policy for non-compliant carriers
The Canadian Trucking Alliance says it’s time for all levels of government across Canada ensure new trucking firms entering the industry are prepared to operate safely while focusing enforcement resources on the small percentage of carriers who appear to have no intention of becoming compliant.

“Most trucking companies embrace a culture of safety and compliance, evidenced by statistics that show commercial vehicles and drivers are the safest operators on Canadian roadways. But there is a minority of companies who do not embrace this culture of safety,” says CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “To deal with these carriers, we must develop a national plan focusing more enforcement on non-compliant carriers and introduce a system that ensures companies entering the trucking industry are committed to safety and compliance from day one of their operations.”

CTA points out non-compliant carriers can employ several strategies to circumvent road safety rules, including sidestepping protocols designed to permanently put unsafe carriers out of business. The Alliance is calling on governments and industry to critically examine these practices by non-compliant carriers and develop enforceable countermeasures.

The provincial investigation into the suspended carrier involved in the Humboldt tragedy is ongoing. However, Alberta Transportation has informed members of the enforcement and trucking industry the operator’s remaining truck has transferred ownership to a new carrier operating on a temporary Safety Fitness Certificate. Although the new carrier has different ownership, its address is the same as the carrier involved in the accident.

Potentially what could be at play here is an avoidance practice known in the trucking industry as ‘chameleon’ registration – a tactic of re-registering companies under different corporate names and addresses, local or in other provinces, while still being controlled to some degree by the original operators.

“The vast majority of responsible, law-abiding carriers in Canada are frustrated by the lack of oversight and enforcement of non-compliant fleets operating near the margins of our industry, some of which appear to have no desire to understand and comply with the rules,” says Laskowski. “It’s time for industry and government to come together to resolve these critical road safety issues by developing a coordinated national response that’s committed to monitoring and enforcement of non-compliant carriers.”

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Ten Point Action Plan to address
The CTA believes the actions of the individual driver charged for the Humboldt tragedy should not be treated in isolation. Instead, when the findings of the carrier audit are released, the trucking industry, governments and safety stakeholders across Canada should use the facts surrounding the events of April 6 as a catalyst to finally deal with a small segment of the trucking industry that chooses not to adhere to safety regulations.

The Alliance also applauded the recent announcement by the Government of Alberta regarding mandatory entry level training for commercial drivers in the province and developing entry requirements for new commercial carriers.

Consequently, on July 10, CTA released its Ten Point Action Plan, which highlights how government and industry can work together on improving compliance issues like hours of service, distracted driving, sobriety, carrier evaluation programs along with training and technology recommendations.

“The vast majority of trucking companies and truck drivers embrace a culture of compliance by far exceeding minimal safety requirements,” says CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “However, the events surrounding the Humboldt tragedy have reminded all of us that we need to have a national conversation about raising the bar in dealing with those operators who do not make the proper investments in truck safety and lack the commitment to make improvements. By working with all levels of government to implement this plan on a national basis we can make roads safer by focusing enforcement attention on carriers and drivers who need it most.”

CTA Chair Scott Smith lauded Alberta’s announcement and implored other provinces to follow suit.

“Minister Mason has shown leadership throughout this horrific event, but the directional improvements announced today, along with other items, need to be introduced in all provinces,” said Smith. “We need a national plan. We believe the CTA ten-point plan shows the way. Now is the time.”

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BCTA announces 2018/19 Board & Executive Committee

On June 9, the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) elected a Board of Directors for 2018 – 2019 at BCTA’s Annual General Meeting and Management Conference in Whistler, BC.
Members of the Board of Directors for this term:
• Phil Bandstra, Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd., Smithers
• John Bourbonniere, Harbour Link Container Services Inc., Delta
• Justin Cheverie, Coastal Pacific Xpress Inc., Surrey
• Kevin Clark, Valley West Transport Ltd., Port Coquitlam
• Clinton Connell, Eagle West Truck & Crane Inc., Abbotsford
• John Cormier,Clark Freightways, Kamloops
• Rex D’Souza, Prudential Transportation Ltd., Surrey
• Shaun Freeman, BFL CANADA Insurance Services Inc., Vancouver
• Arlene Gagne, Lodgewood Enterprises Ltd., Prince George
• Stephanie Gagnon, XTL Transport Inc., Surrey
• Jerry Gallant, First Truck Centre Vancouver Inc., Surrey
• Ed Genberg, Ocean Trailer, Delta
• Daman Grewal, Centurion Trucking Inc., Surrey
• Ken Johnson, Ken Johnson Trucking Ltd., Langley
• Jim Leidl, Pacific Coach Lines (1984) Ltd., Vancouver
• Rick McArthur, Macal Bulk Transport Ltd., Mission
• Jay Meehan, Western Canada Express, Richmond
• Greg Munden, Munden Ventures Ltd., Kamloops
• Derek Norman, DSN Transport Ltd., Kelowna
• Darren Racine, Protrux Systems Inc., Pitt Meadows
• Lorne Richard, The Vancouver Trolley Company, Vancouver
• Trevor Sawkins, ColdStar Solutions Inc., Victoria
• Paul Schroeder, Bison Transport Inc., Rocky View, AB
• Doug Sutherland, Sutco Transportation Specialists, West Kelowna
• Stephen Szalkai, Concrete BC, Vancouver
• Roy Taki, Arrow Transportation Systems Inc., Kamloops
• Gary Vos, Tri-R Transport Ltd., Richmond
• Dan Watson, Canada Cartage Fleet Outsourcing, Richmond
• Jason Wheeler, The Inland Group, Burnaby
• Jordan Wilson, Hawkeye Holdings Ltd., Kelowna

The new Board elected the following director to serve by special appointment:
• Patrick Yearwood, Yearwood Dyson – Lawyers, Surrey

The Board also elected these directors to serve on BCTA’s Executive Committee:
• Ken Johnson, Chairperson, Ken Johnson Trucking Ltd.
• Phil Bandstra, 1st Vice Chairperson, Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd.
• Doug Sutherland, 2nd Vice Chairperson, Sutco Transportation Specialists
• Dan Watson, Secretary/Treasurer, Canada Cartage Fleet Outsourcing
• Trevor Sawkins, Immediate Past Chairperson, ColdStar Solutions Inc.
• Jason Wheeler, Associate Members’ Representative, Inland Kenworth

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BC amends wide-base single tire regulations

The Province of BC has amended its regulations affecting weight on Wide Based single tires. Effective immediately, BC will be increasing weight allowances for wide base single tires (WBST), 455 mm or greater to the following weights:
• Single axle – 8,500 kg
• Tandem – 17,000kg
• Tridem – 24,000 kg

The Province said in a statement that it is making the change “to further harmonization efforts across Canada.

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