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The Ontario Trucking Association is making a series of recommendations to the provincial government to update the Truck Transportation Act (TTA). The TTA came into force in 1989, ushering in the econo...


The Ontario Trucking Association is making a series of recommendations to the provincial government to update the Truck Transportation Act (TTA). The TTA came into force in 1989, ushering in the economic deregulation of intraprovincial trucking.

The association is recommending that the minimum statutory requirement of $1 million of PL/PD coverage should be increased to $5 million. OTA is also recommending that the requirement for operating authorities be maintained, arguing that the elimination of operating authorities and the resultant total reliance on CVOR would have a negative impact on safety and create a non-level playing field within the industry..

Without an operating authority, the notion of the “operative CVOR” would disappear and all any carrier, load broker or other business would have to do to avoid CVOR liabilities and sanctions would be to hire owner-operators with their own CVOR numbers, the OTA says.

The TTA, says the OTA, has achieved its goal of increasing competition and the array of services available to shippers. But the OTA maintains that much within the TTA is now of little relevance, constituting a needless drain on the administrative resources of MTO. There are many sections that have never been enforced, or that obviously do not accomplish their intended purpose, that could be repealed, the OTA says. These include such things as the load broker requirements, the owner- driver licenses and single source operating authorities and the customs and immigration conditions (which are a federal responsibility).

Federal Transport Minister David Collenette has announced $17.8 million in funding to assist provinces and territories in implementing the National Safety Code (NSC) for motor carriers. The latest round of funding, to be spent between 2001 and 2004, will be directed towards managing motor carrier operations in accordance with the new NSC safety rating provisions of the Motor Vehicle Transport Act.


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