Industry urges MVTA delay

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TORONTO, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance and provincial trucking associations want to delay the proclamation of the federal Motor Vehicle Transport Act (MVTA).

CTA officials say proclamation of the act before a nationally consistent safety ratings standard is established could result in existing inconstancies between jurisdictions becoming even more entrenched than they are right now.

CTA and provincial associations said so in a recent letter to the Councils of Ministers and Deputy Ministers Responsible for Transportation and the CCMTA Board of Directors, urging the groups to delay proclamation until a second independent assessment to verify reasonable consistency has been undertaken.

"The industry has every right to expect and to demand precision, when one considers that safety ratings are to be made public in the expressed hope that they will be used by shippers, insurers and other stakeholders", the heads of Canada’s trucking associations wrote. "We cannot accept a disjointed series of regional profile systems which could send wrong signals to the marketplace".

While CTA and the provincial associations are not pushing for identical safety ratings systems for all jurisdictions, industry is unyielding in its position supporting sufficiently consistent systems to produce identical ratings for identical safety performance, association officials say. They view this as an achievable target given that performance bands (unaudited, satisfactory, conditional and unsatisfactory) as opposed to detailed scores will be assigned.

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