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Community Charter revised in B.C.

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Changes have been made to B.C.'s Community Charter legislation, that protect carriers from excessive taxation by municipalities.The controversial legislation, introduced last year, p...


VANCOUVER, B.C. – Changes have been made to B.C.’s Community Charter legislation, that protect carriers from excessive taxation by municipalities.

The controversial legislation, introduced last year, provided the province’s municipalities with more power to tax carriers for road damage, impose highway tolls and increase fuel taxes. The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) said essentially the charter could have resulted in more than 200 different motor carrier taxing authorities, creating confusion and added expenses for the trucking industry.

The province has heeded the BCTA’s advice, and revised some of the provisions within the charter. For instance, municipalities will no longer be allowed to toll highways.

They will also be restricted from regulating motor carriers in terms of rates or fleet sizes. Municipalities will still be able to increase fuel taxes, but only if the additional revenue goes directly towards transportation improvements, and only if a referendum and consultation with local businesses have been completed. In addition, municipalities will only be able to seek compensation from carriers for damage to infrastructure if they can prove specific damage to highways was caused by a specific piece of equipment.


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