Western provinces get all their trucks in a row

REGINA — A mere year after launching a project called “The New West Partnership,” Canada’s three western-most provinces are implementing a comprehensive set of rules to bring consistency to the trucking business.

Come Canada Day, truckers in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan will face more uniform rules regarding size, weights, special permits, co-operative enforcement and national safety code issues.

The goal of the New West Partnership is to allow trucks to operate more efficiently and therefore, cut costs and stimulate trade. The eventual goal is to have one set of rules for the industry by this time next year.

“These changes will result in more flexibility, higher productivity and lower costs for the trucking industry while still keeping our roads safe for all travellers,” British Columbia Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom said. “Together, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia are making it easier to do business in the west.”

Trucking is only one segment of the three-way, which is designed to streamline, trade, innovation, provincial procurement and international cooperation.

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