The Canadian trucking industry is mired in red tape and administrative and regulatory processes that often impede the ability to conduct business. These labor and time intensive requirements keeps vehicles off the road and prevents drivers from delivering their loads. The impact of reduced trucks on the street due to the extensive amount of “red tape” imposed on the trucking industry, impacts truckers, mechanics and everyone else that work in the industry. Reducing trucks on the street impacts the active work force, prevents retailers and others that rely on ground transportation from getting their deliveries on-time which in-turn affects consumer spending and the Canadian economy.
In order to implement changes in the transportation industry and reduce the amount of minutia and processes they are required to provide in order to keep their trucks on the street, the BC Trucking Association has developed a list of seven recommendations that they believe should be implemented to reduce red tape and enable truck drivers to do their job.
Impending Recommendations to Reduce Government Red Tape include:
In December, the British Columbia Ministry of Small Business designed a survey to get feedback on key issues affecting the trucking industry. As a result of the data collected in the survey, they submitted seven recommendations to help keep our local transportation industry running smoothly and more efficiently.
Their suggestions include:
- Revise rules and potentially amend the multi-jurisdictional vehicle tax refund process and review the option of an immediate automatic credit;
- Reduce or eliminate the need for out-of-province trucking companies to provide proof of financial responsibility with ICBC;
- Coordinate the provincial and municipal permit approval processes for both oversized and overweight vehicles;
- Extend the time limit to purchase provincial permits in advance, from just 48 hours to 5 days prior to a move;
- Allow for added flexibility in commodity description submissions under the extraordinary load approval process when applying for permits;
- Develop a policy to recognize trailer decks wider than 3.2 metres; and
- Eliminate barriers to using “smart” lift axles.
With these proposed amendments, truckers and all other transportation industry workers would be able to maintain their current work schedule and reduce down time. The result would be a Canadian transportation industry that would continue to maintain strict safety precautions but run more efficiently.