OTTAWA, Ont. — The validity period for driver registration under the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) bilateral program has been extended to 5 from 2 years, and the cost per card will remain at $80.00.
The confirmation from the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) was welcome news for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). The CTA has been working with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) for the past several months to convince both the U.S. Customs Service and the CCRA to extend the validity period.
CTA chief executive officer, David Bradley, says the change will save the trucking industry “millions of dollars”.
The increased validity period for commercial driver registration brings it into line with that of the NEXUS program for private travellers.
Commercial driver information and application forms can now be downloaded from the CCRA website at http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/customs/business/importing/fast/menu-e.html.
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