The Canadian Trucking Alliance issued five key policy recommendations to the federal government concerning tax fairness in the trucking sector, supporting important infrastructure projects across the country, and committing to implementing electronic on-board recorders by the end of 2019, among other things.
CTA asked the government stop widespread tax evasion in the trucking industry by cracking down on an emerging employment model known as ‘Driver Inc.’
While there are many important infrastructure needs across Canada, CTA, in staying within the submission parameters set out by the government, limited its recommendations to a select list of projects and initiatives to help facilitate trade.
CTA also provided the government a copy of its 10-point action plan for truck safety, which includes making mandatory electronic logging devices (ELDs) a priority and enforcing the rule on Canada’s roadways no later than January 1, 2020.
CTA also urged the government to expedite proposed modifications to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program to assist the industry in dealing with the acute truck driver shortage, which is reaching a crisis point.
Meanwhile, the Alliance requested the restoration of federal excise tax rebates on certain GHG-reducing technologies, which Ottawa eliminated in Budget 2016. Once again, CTA asked for a reversal of this policy to support the trucking industry as it prepares for Phase II GHG regulations.