CTA pre-budget submission goes GREEN

The CTA remains committed to reducing trucking’s carbon footprint; but there’s more Ottawa can do to help carriers reach their goals and not impede environmental progress. In its federal pre-budget submission, CTA outlined how the environment is a priority for the industry, which is currently engaged in preparing for mandates aimed at reducing GHGs and other emissions from the sector. CTA says the trucking industry is one of the only sectors impacted by both equipment emissions regulations as well as carbon pricing.

As carriers prepare for a new round of GHG emission-reduction rules on new engines, trucks and trailers, CTA is urging Ottawa to adopt the CTA’s SMART approach, designed to avoid equipment reliability issues associated with previously mandated, untested equipment and technologies that were unsuitable for Canadian conditions.

“The industry’s negative experience with the installation of emission reduction equipment … has created a level of mistrust within the industry when it comes to regulating unproven technology,” the submission says.

Meanwhile, the submission notes the industry is advancing toward a more integrated ‘envirotruck’ concept to meet current and future carbon emission targets – including modern fuel efficient engines, alternative powertrains, aerodynamic tractor and trailer devices, single wide-base tires, and a wide array of anti-idling technologies; which allow truckers to run refrigeration units and hotel amenities much more fuel-efficiently.

However, in its 2016 budget, Ottawa introduced a measure that would no longer allow carriers to apply for federal excise tax refunds on diesel fuel used for these devices to generate electricity. This motion discourages transportation companies from investing in technologies to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and adds cost to the safe transportation and handling of food products.

“Not only do these technologies greatly assist our industry in meeting the emission reduction targets we are responsible for, but they are also vital to the operation of our businesses and the customers we serve, particularly in the agriculture, food and pharmaceutical sectors,” says CTA president David Bradley. “This measure is unfair and costly and it would send a wrong message to the marketplace.”
However, to accelerate these aforementioned technologies into the marketplace and expedite environmental improvements, CTA says revenues generated from the excise tax on diesel fuel – which currently flows into general revenues – and any potential funds generated from carbon pricing mechanisms, must be reinvested back into the industry now more than ever.

CTA pointed out that accelerated CCA rates would be particularly helpful in spurring market penetration of these alternate power vehicles and further assisting the industry in meeting its GHG Phase II responsibilities.

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Eastern provinces sign LCV harmonization MoU
An agreement is now in place between Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to harmonize requirements for long combination vehicles (LCVs). The move will allow intra-provincial carriers to transport goods more easily and efficiently across the four provinces while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

The Ontario LCV program conditions were a leading contributor to this MoU. Specifically, the MoU covers off 10 key items related to LCV operations and establishes the minimum set of requirements carriers must meet to operate LCVs in all four eastern provinces. These include: Carrier eligibility (e.g., experience, insurance coverage and safety rating); driver qualifications and training; operational restrictions (e.g., 90 km/h speed limit); rear signage requirements; special equipment requirements (e.g., ESC for tractors); overall Length Limits (40 metres); exclusions from overall width measurements (to bring in line with National Weights and Dimensions MoU for all vehicles); exclusion from overall length of semi-trailer and effective rear overhang measurements (to allow boat tails); allow MoU track width for wide single tires contained in National MoU to apply to semi-trailers in LCV configurations; highlight general provisions for vehicle weights and dimensions as well as harmonization for semi-trailer configurations repositioning converter dollies.

Since the inception of the Ontario LCV Program in August 2009, carriers have safely completed over 220,000 trips covering 70,000,000 km.

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BCTA hires new Director of Policy
The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) is pleased to announce that Cory Paterson joined its team as Director of Policy on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Cory is responsible for, among other duties, advancing BCTA’s policy positions and the interests of our members with governments, the business community and key stakeholders.   

Cory brings to this role more than 15 years of extensive policy, research and advocacy experience along with an established network within government, the BC business community, and many other organizations with which BCTA regularly interacts.

His policy, research and advocacy experience comes through a diverse work background that includes two provincial governments (BC and Alberta), the federal government, and industry – such as Devon Canada, a major oil and gas producer, and Enbridge, where he has spent the past four years in the company’s Vancouver office.  

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