BCTA meets with deputy minister

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LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) recently met with Deputy Minister of Transportation, Dan Doyle, to discuss the impact of government cutbacks on highways.

According to the BCTA, Doyle was frank about cutbacks, insisting the province will stay the course in balancing the budget by 2004/2005. As a result of that commitment, Doyle told the BCTA that the Ministry will be seeking private sector delivery of services, private investment, regional participation in identifying important projects.

Doyle also said rural and Northern roads will receive more attention.

So far, under the B.C. Liberals, the Ministry of Highways staff has been reduced by 1,446 and 21 districts have been consolidated into 11. Five regions have also been reduced to three.

The Coquihalla Highway is one of the entities that may be privatized under the Liberals, and more user-pay highways could be surfacing throughout the province.

After the meeting, the BCTA Board of Directors agreed that the association should develop an infrastructure policy and review its toll policy in light of the news.

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