BCTA develops new plan of attack

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LANGLEY, B.C. — Altering Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) payments tops the list of projects which will receive priority from the B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) this year.

The BCTA says it will push to alter WCB payments from 75 per cent of gross to 80 per cent of the net funds.

The BCTA board of directors established the list of priorities at their most recent meeting, held June 7 in Penticton, B.C.

Feedback from BCTA members confirms that the organization should focus on putting unsafe carriers out of business, lobbying for reduced fuel taxes, sinking federal road taxes into the province’s highways and making fines and penalty points fair and rational.

Although a list of 10 projects is now in place, the board agrees it isn’t written in stone, and will change to include new issues.

Other goals which top the list include reducing the corporation capital tax, getting B.C. Rail out of trucking, improving driver licensing standards, introducing a three-day waiting period for WCB claims and appointing an Insurance Corp. of British Columbia ombudsman to handle compliance disputes.

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