CTA applauds meal allowance increase

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OTTAWA, Ont. — CTA CEO David Bradley applauded the CCRA’s decision to increase the receipt-free meal allowance truck drivers can claim on their tax returns.

Canadian Customs and Revenue last week announced the increase from $33 to $45, following court decisions and pressure from industry.

"It’s a victory for hundreds of thousands of hard working truck drivers," said Bradley.

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  • Increasing our meal allowance is a cheap shot at best. We should receive “overtime” pay as do the workers who load, unload and manufacture the goods. There is no incentive to work over 44 hours weekly as there are in all other industries. Highway truck drivers are treated no better than seasonal crop pickers as employers expect 70 hours weekly work with no overtime.