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SASKATCHEWAN NEWS


Scale Bypass / Weight-in Motion

The STA began work on making this infrastructure technology a government priority in 2017 and the Government of Saskatchewan has an ITS strategy of its own. While all the information contained in the ITS strategy will affect trucking either directly or indirectly, a scale bypass/weigh in motion system is where the STA has chosen to direct its efforts as this technology would bring massive benefits to the trucking industry.

A scale bypass system uses technology to allow commercial carriers to bypass inspection stations, saving time, money and reducing fuels consumption, therefore, producing less GHG emissions. By developing a system that allows ‘trusted’ carriers with excellent compliance records to bypass scales. This rewards company who invest in safety and compliance and allows the focus to be shifted to companies who have not invested and are the real safety risk on roadways.

The Regina Bypass is equipped with weigh in motion technology that allows for trucks to be weighed, per axle, and trucks that are in compliance with regulation will be able to continue on with their route while overweight trucks can be targeted by enforcement.

The STA is creating a working group to focus on the advancement of a scale bypass system in the province. Interested parties should contact Nicole Sinclair at the STA.

 

STA ensures province is represented in infrastructure priority wish list
In early July, Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced a $2.1 billion fund for the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative based on the merit-based National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF), which provides $2 billion over 11 years to strengthen Canada’s trade infrastructure. The NTCF is a merit-based program designed to help infrastructure owners and users invest in the critical assets that support economic activity and the physical movement of goods and people in Canada. It represents a long-term commitment by the Government of Canada to work with stakeholders on strategic infrastructure projects that help to address transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities, and congestion along Canada’s trade corridors.

The STA provided a wish list of infrastructure projects to the CTA that met the criteria of the fund. Suggestions included the creation of a Saskatoon Freeway and twinning of highways 39 and 6 from Regina to Estevan.

“Saskatchewan Infrastructure priorities ensure the continued economic growth of our province. As trucking is the primary mode of freight transportation in North America, a well-maintained infrastructure and access to other markets is vital to the Saskatchewan and Canadian economies”, said STA Executive Director, Susan Ewart.

While not exhaustive, the submitted list includes areas for consideration. In each case, funding for road-based infrastructure would improve the trucking industries ability to carry the nations domestic and international trade.

Companies may request a full copy of the report by contacting the STA at 306-569-9696.

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STA releases white paper on carbon pricing in Saskatchewan
The STA is weighing in on the ongoing carbon tax battle in Saskatchewan. Producing a paper titled Carbon Pricing In Saskatchewan – Trucking Industry Made Solutions, the STA is calling for a responsible and industry friendly policy approach.

The STA is calling for a policy plan to be in place ahead of Federal intervention in Saskatchewan. Highlighting the effectiveness of GHG friendly truck components such as wide base single tires and natural gas engines, the trucking industry says red tape is partially to blame for the adoption of greener technologies.

“The technology and equipment to dramatically reduce emissions exist on the market. Actions need to be taken on a provincial level to make those business investments in Saskatchewan a reality. The Saskatchewan Trucking Association is seeking changes to policies that stand in the way of quick uptake, early adoption and the purchasing ability of small and medium-sized enterprises,” states the paper.

“We have supported the provincial government’s stance on a carbon tax since the beginning, and that has not changed,” says Executive Director, Susan Ewart. “The purpose of this document was to highlight the need to be prepared, should a carbon tax be forced on the province. The actions the Federal government is planning on taking for backstop jurisdictions are not trucking friendly and place an unfair burden on industry; proper policy planning will prevent those actions.”

At the 79th AGM in Saskatoon, the STA announced support for the provincial government’s fight against a federally forced policy. The Hon. David Marit, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure has expressed the government’s appreciation of that support at multiple STA events in the past year.

A full copy of the report can be found on the STA’s website. For more information, contact Nicole Sinclair, Policy Analyst, STA at 306-569-9696.

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Golf Classic a big hit
This year, the STA’s annual Golf Tournament was held at the Legends Golf Club in Warman on August 31. It was a spectacular event that received a lot of support and everyone had a grand time. Next year’s tournament is slated to take place in Regina and is expected to be even bigger.

 

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