DIEPPE, N.B. — The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) says its members have been hit with yet another unacceptable fee increase.
The province of New Brunswick has hiked annual International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) registration fees from between $25 and $1,500. That marks a 500% increase compared to past years, the APTA points out.
“This has hit the trucking community pretty hard and at a time where diesel costs are at their highest in years and the economy is still recovering. What can you say, they don’t seem to realize that the trucking industry is one of the largest employers in New Brunswick and if we keep getting more money-grabbing costs from the provincial government thrown at us, eventually it will catch up to us,” said APTA executive director, JeanMarc Picard.
“The government is trying to stabilize the deficit and they need to find ways to generate revenues, but trucking has been hit twice in two years. First the diesel tax increase and now these new fees.”
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