TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has established a Private Carrier Council in an attempt to better represent all carrier sectors of the industry.
The association announced today it has about 50 private fleets as members. They include Canadian Tire, Domino’s Pizza, Frito Lay, Gordon Food Service, HBC, Labatt Breweries, Loblaw and others.
It hopes the creation of the Private Carrier Council will help grow that roster.
“We have always had private carrier members but in recent years interest in joining the association has grown significantly,” says OTA president David Bradley, who points out private and for-hire carriers have a common interest in most major policy and compliance issues, including areas of safety, environmental regulation, vehicle weights and dimensions like LCVs, taxes and fees, as well as the driver shortage. “But we also recognize the unique nature of the private carrier role, so we wanted to create a forum where they can come together to discuss the issues that matter most to them and share best practices.”
The OTA says the formation of the new council arose from a long-term strategic planning session held by the association’s executive committee held earlier this year. The council will have its own chair and vice-chair and private fleets will receive a number of seats on the OTA’s Board of Directors. OTA is also offering a cap on membership dues for private carriers.
The new council will meet twice a year, with its first meeting scheduled for June 26.