TORONTO, Ont. — Canada’s federal election is officially underway, and the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) wants several trucking-related issues to be reflected in party platforms.
TORONTO, Ont. — Federal carbon taxes were tacked onto fuel prices in four provinces April 1 – and they came with the threat of a $2,000 fine for affected carriers who failed to register with the Canada Revenue Agency.
REGINA, SK – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is retiring from politics, but the Saskatchewan Trucking Association is continuing his fight against carbon pricing – and also recommending steps that should be followed if such a tax becomes a reality.
“We have supported the provincial government’s stance on a carbon tax since the beginning, and that has not changed,” said Susan Ewart, executive director, when releasing a related white paper on Friday. “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.”
According to the association, a carbon tax would create an administrative burden, give U.S. carriers operating in Canada a competitive advantage, create budgeting challenges for trucking companies, and create inequalities between different transportation modes because of exemptions for marine and aviation.
Times were different when C.A.T. signed the deal for 100 trucks that run on Compressed Natural Gas. The Canadian and U.S. dollar were essentially valued at par, increasing the fleet’s buying power on U.S.-made equipment. Quebec’s provincial government also pledged $15,000 per truck, helping to offset any sticker shock around the emission-friendly designs, and natural gas was clearly cheaper than diesel when oil was close to $100 per barrel.
TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Trucking Association wants the provincial government to offer up to $60,000 per natural gas vehicle in a bid to offset purchase prices that are higher than diesel equipment — but it’s also asking funders to consider more than vehicle and fuel station costs alone.
MONCTON, NB – Climate change is fundamentally altering the way companies are doing business, a leading climate researcher told the trucking industry Wednesday about Canada’s move towards a national carbon tax framework where polluters pay.
Earlier in October, the federal government indicated that all provinces must have a carbon pricing plan in place by 2018 that meets a minimum of $10 per tonne, rising to $50 per tonne of emitted carbon dioxide by 2022.
As Canada’s second worst offender for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), the transportation industry comprises 23% of the country’s annual GHG output. Within the sector, freight trucking accounts for more than 54 megatonnes of GHGs each year, specifically representing 7.5% of Canada’s annual GHG emission total, according to Environment Canada.
VICTORIA — With the addition of renewable fuels to B.C.’s diesel and gasoline pools in 2010, the provincial government has decided to relax the controversial carbon tax by 5 percent.
REGINA — In the wake of B.C.’s recent carbon tax plan, the Saskatchewan Trucking Association is urging other jurisdictions not to follow suit.
VICTORIA — Rather than an all out attack on B.C.’s new carbon tax, a number of industries on the west coast are banning together to get the tax tweaked before it’s in full swing.
FREDERICTON — While industry continues to work with the B.C. government to adjust to the province’s new carbon tax, similar rumblings are being made in eastern Canada.
ARLINGTON, Va. — As the federal Liberals prepare for an official launch of a controversial carbon tax, the U.S. Congress got an earful from a trucking official about jurisdictional climate change initiatives.
LANGLEY, B.C. — On the verge of B.C.’s carbon tax implementation, the B.C. Trucking Association is still wondering what the environmental tax will accomplish.
HALIFAX — It might still be a few months away, but Nova Scotia’s plan to save the environment won’t be done with a carbon tax.
LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association recently went looking for a little help in coping with the province’s carbon tax system.
LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association would like to see the provincial government to ease a financial burden on the trucking industry and put the carbon tax in limbo.