TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association has spearheaded a campaign to put a stop to the provincial government’s proposed 70% increase of heavy commercial vehicle validation fees. In March, the Ontario government announced that increases would be forthcoming as part of the province’s deficit-reduction plan. The first 30% increase will come into effect Dec. 1, with an additional 40% increase set for Dec. 1, 2013.
The OTA says that while the initial 30% increase is unavoidable, Ontario’s transport minister has told the association he is “prepared to consider alternative approaches” for the remaining 40%.
As such, the OTA is appealing to carriers and owner/operators to take part in an automated e-mail campaign. Interested carriers and owner/operators are asked to click the “Put the Brakes on 70%” icon on the OTA’s Web site at www.ontruck.org. Participants will be asked to enter their name, company, address and postal code (necessary to receive a reply from MPP) and a message will be sent a message to their MPP, the finance minister, and the minister of transportation (To see the message, scroll down to the bottom of the entry form on the OTA page).
The OTA has also launched a Facebook page, which encourages carriers and owner/operators to provide feedback and discuss how the fee increase affects their business.
The OTA has also started the discussion on Twitter. To take part, tweet to @Ontruck using the hastag #Stop70percent.