DIEPPE, N.B. — The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association is calling on the Canadian government to halt announced rate increases by Marine Atlantic. The ferry operator warned APTA that effective Feb. 12, commercial vehicle rates will go up 4%, drop trailer management fees will increase by $50 (a 24% increase) and a security surcharge of $3.50 will be added to every load.
“They are throwing us an irrational and unjustified rate increase, but really they should look internally to find some efficiencies and stop passing the buck to the trucking industry,” said APTA executive director JeanMarc Picard in a release. “The commercial carriers are Marine Atlantic’s largest customers and without us they would not be able to sustain having a ferry service to serve the population in Newfoundland. Now they are making us pay for their mistakes and inadequacies and the federal government is supporting them. What a fiasco!”
Picard says the trucking industry and its customers would not be able to sustain the announced increases and warned of “huge repercussions” as a result.
“The federal government needs to step in and adjust the rate increase, but also put their foot down and put the right people in place to run an efficient ferry service. We have had enough,” Picard said. “It is difficult to understand how Marine Atlantic’s board of directors can allow for these increases to be approved. Are they not aware that Marine Atlantic’s staff also have a responsibility to control their costs and run efficiently? Passing costs to customers is an easy fix. This will hurt our economy, our Atlantic Canadian base trucking companies and Newfoundlanders.”
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