Bill S-3 needs more teeth: CTA

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OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is appealing to the Commons Transportation Committee to give Bill S-3 some more bite.

The Bill was introduced last January to implement a national carrier safety ratings system. But the CTA says it has done little to harmonize a national safety ratings system.

“S-3 is not a Bill we can oppose, but neither is it legislation that will, alone, significantly change the status quo,” says CTA chief executive officer, David Bradley. “The amendments we proposed would put some teeth into the Bill by directing the Minister of Transport and the federal government to show leadership in resolving the safety rating fiasco.”

Some of the proposals brought up by the CTA include staggering the implementation of different areas of the Bill, to ensure a harmonized safety ratings system is in place before the new regulatory regime kicks in. They alliance also suggests that provinces who refuse to buy into the harmonized safety ratings approach be punished by having their right to issue safety certificates taken away.

Bradley also appealed to the committee to provide provinces with more funding to help them offset the costs of complying with the new standard.

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