BCTA Trucking Tips Increase Safety, Reduce Guesswork for Shippers

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For immediate release: 
Apr 6, 2010

Langley, British Columbia—The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) today released four information flyers to help shippers identify and hire safe, reliable trucking companies in BC. “Shippers” means anyone with goods to move, from businesses that ship regularly to individuals with a single load. Available free at BCTA’s website, www.bctrucking.com, the flyers apply to all trucking companies and cover the following topics:

  1. Rates, Surcharges and Accessorials: rates cover more than just getting from A to B.
  2. Identifying a Safe Trucking Company: questions to ask that reveal safe practices.
  3. Trucking Company Partnership Tips: strategies for shippers that save everyone time and money.
  4. Regulatory Requirements: rules that may affect the scheduling of a shipment.

BCTA created the flyers with input from trucking companies, to encourage shippers to better understand the significance of their own choices in the transportation process. Reasonable rates, for example, cover things like truck maintenance. And shippers can support safety by choosing a company that puts safety first. According to Paul Landry, BCTA President & CEO, “Shippers should realize that making informed decisions about the companies they hire has positive consequences for everyone on the road.”

Shippers can also avoid costly mistakes by following the strategies that BCTA’s flyers describe. “People may forget that hiring a service provider is different from buying a product,” says Landry. “Shippers can’t just compare services by price. Cheap rates aren’t a good deal if the trucking company has no safety plan, is underinsured or promises incredible delivery times – meaning it could be ignoring everything from speed limits to laws covering drivers’ work hours.” 

Shippers who ask trucking companies the right questions may discover warning flags about potential problems. BCTA’s flyers recommend questions to ask before hiring. “Inexperienced shippers may not know what to ask or may not feel comfortable asking,” Landry says.  But reputable trucking companies don’t mind providing answers. “Companies worth the price care about a customer’s shipment and the safety of their drivers and vehicles,” he confirms.

BCTA is promoting the flyers to the local branches of national and provincial business associations, including, among others, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, and Chambers of Commerce across BC. The flyers are available at www.bctrucking.com by clicking Find a Transporter in the navigation bar and choosing Information for Shippers from the list. 

BCTA is the recognised voice of the provincial motor carrier industry, representing over 900 truck and bus fleets and over 250 suppliers to the industry. Over 13,000 vehicles are operated by BCTA members in BC. BCTA operating members employ 26,000 people in BC and generate over $2 billion in revenue in the province annually.

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For more information, please contact: Paul Landry, President & CEO
Office: 604- 888-5319   Cellular: 604-787-1335   Toll free: 1-800-565-2282