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Bradley urges Ottawa to develop sound transportation policy

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) chief, David Bradley, is on a speaking tour to promote economic po...


OTTAWA, Ont. — Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) chief, David Bradley, is on a speaking tour to promote economic policy that includes transportation.

Bradley spoke at the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s management conference in Banff, Alta. on Friday and then he addressed the Ottawa chapter of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation. While he didn’t call upon government to solve all the industry’s problems, Bradley did say sound policy and fair, effective and reasonable regulations are a must.

He said the Conservative government “puts a fresh face on Parliament and builds expectations for a fresh approach and fresh policies.”

While the new government will develop a new transportation policy, Bradley pointed out “What I think we need, rather than a transportation policy that recognizes and addresses economic issues while safeguarding public safety and the environment, is an economic policy that recognizes and addresses transportation issues while safeguarding public safety and the environment.”

“If we continue to look at freight transportation in isolation, we will not achieve the results we want. We have got to get buy-in from other key federal departments, like Finance,” Bradley added. “We also need to get government and the leaders of the industries we serve, to stop taking freight transportation for granted or worse still looking at our sector as a necessary evil.”

Meanwhile, Bradley said the trucking industry must also do its part by managing its capacity and its costs. However, he pointed out Canada remains the only G-8 country that doesn’t have a funded, national highway strategy, adding he’s “cautiously optimistic that this might change.”


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