Newfoundland dump truckers park plans for new association

CORNER BROOK, (June 15, 2004) — Western Newfoundland dump truck operators planning to split from the Newfoundland and Labrador Dump Truckers Association and start their own regional group have put the brakes on the plan for now.

Truckers from St. Anthony in the north to Port aux Basques in the south and eastward to Springdale Junction were planning to pick a new executive and downsize from a provincial association to a west coast association that would focus more on lobbying government to re-regulate the industry.

The association’s president Ron Jesso told the Corner Brook Western Star the idea’s been put on hold for at least two weeks because it didn’t want to leave members outside the west coast “dangling by themselves.”

Instead, the association is encouraging truckers across the province to lobby their respective MHAs to re-regulate the industry. The last time rates for dump truckers were regulated by the Public Utilities Board was in 1992.

The dump industry was then deregulated in 1996 — a move Jesso said has “crucified” the truckers.

— from the Western Star (Corner Brook)

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