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BCTA upset with TransLink’s fuel tax management

LANGLEY, B.C. -- The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) has let regional transit body, TransLink, know that it's not...


LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) has let regional transit body, TransLink, know that it’s not impressed with the agencies fuel tax management.

Originally, when TransLink announced a two-cent-per-litre fuel tax increase in April, the BCTA had hoped it would go towards road improvements. That hasn’t been the case, however.

In a letter to TransLink chairman Doug McCallum, BCTA president Paul Landry wrote "While we did not support the fuel tax increase, at a minimum, we did expect that the entire amount of the additional tax collected would be used to support roads."

Only half of the fuel tax is actually going towards roads, however, with the remainder going directly towards funding transit. In addition, half of the property tax increase and all of the transit fare increase are also going towards transit, a move Landry says shortchanges road-users in the region.

The letter was in response to McCallum’s request for comments following the release of TransLink’s three-year business plan.


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