Members of the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) confirmed at their Annual General Meeting this past week that a carbon pricing system, such as a carbon tax, will be detrimental to the truck transport industry in Saskatchewan, and not supported by the organization.
“The STA is pleased to announce that we do indeed support the Saskatchewan Government in preventing a forced carbon tax in the province of Saskatchewan,” said STA Board Chair, Graham Newton. “We do so on the basis that it is an undue hardship on Saskatchewan’s trucking industry and export based economy.”
In the past decade, a number of changes have occurred in the truck transport industry to aid in the climate change fight. Environment Canada already closely regulates the industry through a series of standards on equipment and emissions. The Phase I standards which were introduced in 2013 covered tractors and engines from model years 2014 to 2018. Phase II, will encompass the entire vehicle – tractor, engine and trailer. The Canadian Trucking Alliance, the federal voice of truck transport on which the STA holds 8 board seats, has worked diligently with the Federal Government to ensure environmental regulation on commercial vehicles is implemented in such a way that it is effective in reducing harmful emissions. “At no time in our industry’s history have carriers’ economic goals been more aligned with society’s desires in terms of carbon emissions reduction than they are today,” says CTA president David Bradley.
STA Executive Director, Susan Ewart, wants to see the trucking industry get more credit for the great strides already taken in making the industry greener, “There is a vast amount of emission reducing technology already in place in the trucking industry, from wide base tires to boat tails to energy efficient motor vehicles (LCVs). The issue is that there are currently no incentives in place for companies that are or desire to, use this equipment. We need to work together to speed up the rate of regulatory change to meet developing technologies. Small adjustments such as decreasing amortization periods on assets, would free up more funding to invest in the technology that will allow the industry to be even greener.”
The trucking industry is a leader in green technology, it was long before the talk of carbon tax from the Federal Government. Small adjustments in how governments allow industry to use said technologies will be much more effective in fighting the global issue of climate change than yet another tax in an already heavily taxed industry.
As proactive trusted advisors, the STA is a knowledgeable membership association that represents the collective interests of the truck transport industry through authentic advocacy and education. A not for profit, membership driven organization, the STA is the leader and voice for truck transport in the province of Saskatchewan.
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