Pro-rated licence fees on the horizon in B.C.

LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association has revealed the provincial government has provisionally approved pro-rated licence fees for commercial trucks and buses.

Under the current system, if a commercial vehicle’s registration is cancelled at any point except at the end of the licence period, the licence fee for the month of cancellation is forfeited. Cancellations can occur if a truck has been sold, is taken off the road for a period of time, or is being moved from one fleet to another.

Theoretically, the maximum overpayment could be for as much as one month if a vehicle’s licence was cancelled almost immediately after it was licensed and a new vehicle licensed in its place. The maximum licence fee for a commercial vehicle is almost $4,000 per year.

A regulatory change and programming changes to the Insurance Corporation of BC’s computer system are required before implementation can begin. Both of these activities are expected to take place in 2009 so that the change can be implemented beginning in 2010.

The BCTA lobbied for this change as a result of a member inquiry. The BCTA will keep its members informed on the exact implementation date and any additional information.

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