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Month: June 2017

CTA provides feedback on environmental initiatives

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The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has some ideas on how the federal government can reduce greenhouse gases from transportation.

The CTA president Stephen Laskowski presented to the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, offering input on regulatory change.

The organization is supportive of reducing the sector’s carbon footprint. However, the targets set for future regulations must be based on proven technologies and the carbon pricing system needs to be structured properly to support future green transportation.

Laskowski said the industry is hopeful about phase 2 of regulations because it will not introduce equipment with the same challenges that previous regulations forced into the industry.

The technology must be built to Canadian standards, he said.

While the alliance is not opposed to carbon pricing, a system should be properly structured and easy to administer, and the industry must be mindful of staying competitive in the market since U.S. trucking companies will not face similar carbon pricing pressures.


President Trump promises “first-class” roads thanks to new public funding

On June 7, President Donald Trump announced the government would create a “first-class” system of roads, bridges and waterways by using $200 billion in public funds to generate $1 trillion in investment to pay for construction projects that public officials agree are overdue.

Trump said America must have the best, fastest and most reliable infrastructure in the world. During his campaign across the country last year, he was asked why the U.S. was spending money to rebuild other countries, and he proclaimed that it was time to rebuild this country.

Democrats have balked at Trump’s plan for financing improvements, arguing it would result in taxpayer-funded profits for corporations.

President Donald Trump said in Cincinnati that as he campaigned across the country last year, people often asked him why the U.S. was spending money to rebuild other countries when the roads and bridges they travel on needed rebuilding, too.. (Associated Press: JOHN MINCHILLO)

The White House, however, has not outlined specifics of the infrastructure plan.

The proposed funding with $200 billion in public funds over 9 years would average $1 trillion worth of construction to include improving routes for transporting agricultural products.

Mike Toohey, president of the Waterways Council Inc., said he was happy the president is addressing rivers since more attention is paid to roadways, railways and runways.

However, he said the proposal could result in higher costs for commercial users that finance the waterways’ upkeep in the first place.



Supreme court denies lawsuit challenging the use of ELDs

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In favour of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Supreme Court decided it would not hear a lawsuit that challenges a ruling that requires truck operators to use an electronic logging device to track hours of service.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association was behind the lawsuit and a member of legal counsel said the organization was disappointed that the Supreme Court did not review the case.

The association will continue to press the issue in Congress and with the Trump Administration.

The American Trucking Association is in agreement with the Supreme Court’s decision, saying it supports the FMCSA as it works toward the December deadline for electronic logging devices.

The OOIDA sought to have the mandate struck down in court, indicating ELDs violate a drivers constitutional rights and protections against warrantless searches and seizures, and that the rule did not meet the stipulations set for an ELD mandate.

The lawsuit was brought against the DOT in March 2016, and a three-judge panel on the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the case last September. The following month, it ruled in favour of the DOT, and dismissed the arguments of the case.

In April of this year, the OOIDA filed a writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to take up the case. There will be no appeal, as the OOIDA decided not to challenge the court’s decision.