CTA examines obesity as a disability

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CALGARY, Alta. — Today marks the first day of the Canadian Transportation Agency’s (CTA) hearing into the issue of obesity as a disability — which may greatly impact many Canadian truckers.

Running until Oct. 5, the hearing will call on experts to share insights into obesity and determine whether the condition constitutes a disability under the Canada Transportation Act.

The Act currently does not provide a definition of disability, so this promises to be a precedent-setting case with many implications.

The case actually stems from a complaint filed by Linda McKay-Panos against Air Canada, against the airline policy of charging overweight passengers 1.5 fares for the use of two seats.

But the issue affects other transportation sectors as well, not the least of which is trucking. Truck News will be on-hand at today’s events, and will be following the hearing as it unfolds.

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