Press Release

July 9, 2017 –  The Saskatchewan Trucking Association is weighing in on the ongoing carbon tax battle in Saskatchewan. Producing a paper titled Carbon Pricing In Saskatchewan – Trucking Industry Made Solutions, the STA is calling for a responsible and industry friendly policy approach.

The association is calling for a policy plan to be in place ahead of Federal intervention in Saskatchewan. Highlighting the effectiveness of GHG friendly truck components such as wide base single tires and natural gas engines, the trucking industry says red tape is partially to blame for the adoption of greener technologies.

“The technology and equipment to dramatically reduce emissions exist on the market. Actions need to be taken on a provincial level to make those business investments in Saskatchewan a reality. The Saskatchewan Trucking Association is seeking changes to policies that stand in the way of quick uptake, early adoption and the purchasing ability of small and medium-sized enterprises” states the paper.

“We have supported the provincial government’s stance on a carbon tax since the beginning, and that has not changed,” says Executive Director, Susan Ewart. “The purpose of this document was to highlight the need to be prepared, should a carbon tax be forced on the province. The actions the Federal government is planning on taking for backstop jurisdictions are not trucking friendly and place an unfair burden on industry; proper policy planning will prevent those actions.”

At the 79th AGM in Saskatoon, the Saskatchewan Trucking Association announced support for the provincial government’s fight against a federally forced policy. The Honorable David Marit, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure has expressed the government’s appreciation of that support at multiple STA events in the past year.

A full copy of the report can be found at on the Saskatchewan Trucking Association’s website or by contacting the Association directly at info@sasktrucking.com

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, representing the trucking industry in Saskatchewan since 1937.

For more information, please contact Nicole Sinclair, Policy Analyst, Saskatchewan Trucking Association at 306.569.9696