BCTA talks trucking with new minister

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LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) recently sat down with new Transportation Minister, Judith Reid, to discuss some pressing issues facing the industry.

BCTA president Paul Landry was accompanied by association delegates including chairman, Jim White, and first vice-chairman, Hanne Madsen.

Up for discussion were a number of controversial issues, including TransLink’s governance structure; the transit tax in the lower mainland and Greater Victoria areas; the Coquihalla highway tolls; B.C. Ferries’ Horseshoe Bay surcharges; overall road conditions; and B.C. Rail.

Among other things, the BCTA asked the province stop competing with the private sector trucking fleets for over-the-road transportation. They also appealed to Reid to fight the feds for more spending on the province’s ailing highway network.

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