DIEPPE, NB — The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association says Service New Brunswick’s registration renewal fees are paralyzing the industry.
“This is the third increase that the trucking industry gets in less than two years; first diesel tax, then the IFTA registrations and now the registration renewal fee increase. We are one of the largest employers in New Brunswick, contributing over $1 billion to the GDP each year. What will it take for them to realize that they are weakening us more every time they do this?” said Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the APTA.
The new annual revenue for heavy commercial vehicles is estimated at $10.5 million. For trailers, it’s estimated at $3.2 million.
“Carrier fees to renew plates on a truck went from $25 to $50 and to renew plates on a trailer went from $17 to $27, that’s only for the piece of paper,” said an unnamed APTA member in a release.
Picard added: “These fees are hitting the trucking industry extremely hard. The government doesn’t realize that if we keep getting increases from our provincial government, it will catch up to us and our businesses will be forced to shut down.”
“The government increased these fees to recover the costs of administrating the motor vehicle system; they need to find other ways to generate revenues and give the trucking industry a break, we are not the only answer to their deficits.”
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