AMTA, province discuss transportation issues

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CALGARY, Alta. — Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) president, John Finn, and director of compliance and regulatory affairs, Mayne Root, recently sat down with several government officials.

Among them were Alberta Transportation Minister, Ed Stelmach, Brian Marcotte, ADM Transportation, Ron Glenn, the transportation minister’s executive assistant and Rick Callaway, director of revenue operations and revenue.

Key issues discussed included the tax exempt fuel user program, which may soon be eliminated; the designation of fuel tax revenue to be used for road work; and maintenance and municipal requests for the ability to raise fuel taxes. The AMTA also shared its views on other issues, including voicing its support for Alberta Transportation’s recommendation of an 11,794-kg weight limit; commenting on the Traffic Safety Act Regulations review; and the health of the industry following TCT’s failure.

The AMTA evidently felt the meeting was productive, and are hoping to set up regular meetings with the provincial heads to discuss key issues every three to four months. Other meetings will be scheduled as needed to keep the communication lines open.

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