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Ontario, roadbuilders will stick to original agreement

TORONTO, Ont. - The agreement struck between the Ontario Road Builders' Association and the province is on and will be implemented, Ontario Minister of Transportation David Turnbull has confirmed.On O...


TORONTO, Ont. – The agreement struck between the Ontario Road Builders’ Association and the province is on and will be implemented, Ontario Minister of Transportation David Turnbull has confirmed.

On Oct. 13, an agreement was announced by the province and the Ontario’s road builders group to apply fuel surcharges to MTO contracts providing independent truckers with relief from rising diesel fuel costs.

“There is no truth whatsoever to the rumours that the deal struck between MTO and ORBA has fallen through,” said Turnbull. MTO staff met with ORBA late last week to work out the technical details to ensure that fuel surcharges in new and existing contracts would flow by Christmas. A deal was also reached on the method of passing on the diesel fuel surcharges to truckers.

“As I’ve said previously, our government is leading by example in providing relief to truckers from rising diesel fuel costs,” said Turnbull.

A baseline fuel price will be established on Jan. 1, 2001.

ORBA represents over 100 road building contractors. n


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