OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is urging the federal government to get serious about improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gases when it introduces its 2007 budget.
The association suggests accelerating the capital cost allowance rates for new trucks with low-emissions engines to fast-track their penetration into the marketplace. The CTA also wants the Natural Resources Canada rebate program for auxiliary power units to be reinstated.
CTA chief David Bradley also told the Standing Committee on Finance that investment tax credits should be put in place for environmentally-friendly technologies and that money raised through federal road fuel excise taxes should be re-invested in infrastructure.
During his presentation to the committee, Bradley once again appealed to the feds to increase the amount drivers can claim on meals from 50% to 80%.
The CTA says its suggestions can collectively be as effective as removing 91,000 trucks from the roads when it comes to NOx emissions and 100,000 trucks when it comes to particulate matter.
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