VANCOUVER, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) is opposing a decision that will allow TransLink to impose a two cent per litre fuel tax increase in the Greater Vancouver area.
The increase means that road users will be paying an extra $40 million in fuel taxes, which is a 38 per cent increase over current levels. According to the BCTA, that translates to about $1,000 per truck each year in additional taxes, while car drivers will only be shelling out about an extra $40 to $60 per year.
The fuel tax hike is to help TransLink out of debt. The troubled transit body is trying to recover from a disastrous year, but the BCTA is reminding Premier Gordon Campbell of his promise to conduct a regional referendum before agreeing to any new tax increases.
At a recent meeting with TransLink president and chief executive officer, Pat Jacobsen, the BCTA board of directors announced they would not support the tax increase. They recommended that TransLink look at implementing operating efficiencies instead, such as no longer competing with private sector bus companies that already operate in overlapping areas.
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