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TransLink one step closer to raising fuel taxes

LANGLEY, B.C. -- The Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) has approved the implementation of another two cent...


LANGLEY, B.C. — The Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) has approved the implementation of another two cent per litre fuel tax to benefit TransLink.

The final say will go to Transportation Minister Judith Reid, so the B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) is desperately trying to remind her of her government’s election promise that no new taxes will be implemented without a referendum.

When combined with a decade-old fuel tax increase initiated by TransLink, truckers will shell out an additional six cents per liter in the Vancouver area.

The BCTA says that more fleets and O/Os will purchase their fuel outside the GVRD if the government approves this latest cash grab. A recent BCTA survey indicates that fleets are recouping the fuel taxes by charging fuel surcharges to shippers. Other companies are raising freight rates to offset the increased costs.


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