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NB Trucking Industry Escapes Hwy Toll as Budget Unveiled

Posted: February 9, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

DIEPPE, NB – While the New Brunswick government increased its HST by 2 per cent when it released its 2016 budget Tuesday, the trucking industry breathed a sigh of relief that highway tolls have been avoided, at least for the moment.

In response, the Atlantic Province Trucking Association (APTA) applauded the New Brunswick Legislature, noting that “consumers can’t afford both an HST hike and highway tolls at once.”

The APTA had previously expressed frustration over the government’s failure to consult the trucking industry about implementing highway tolls. The Association also warned toll could have serious impacts on the tens of thousands of New Brunswickers in trucking and the some $1.5 billion they contribute each year to the GDP.

“Today’s decision means companies in both our sector and in all sectors in Atlantic Canada can be confident governments will listen to their advice about what works to bring more opportunity to the region,” said APTA executive director Jean-Marc Picard. “We know the province is facing financial challenges, but we also know that tolls would have made the economy less efficient and would have impacted not only the transportation sector but every consumer,” added Picard.

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