Contact: Paul Landry, President & CEO
Cellular: (604) 787-1335
Victoria, British Columbia—“The 2009-2010 provincial budget deserves the support of British Columbians. The government is tightening its belt on discretionary spending while simultaneously continuing an aggressive program of infrastructure improvements that will create jobs today while supporting economic growth well into the future” says Paul Landry, President & CEO of the BC Trucking Association (BCTA).
Modest deficits in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 are no small accomplishment in light of provincial, national and international economic and financial circumstances.
BCTA is very pleased that investments in the Gateway Program, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Okanagan Corridor and the Cariboo Connector will continue. Including federal contributions, almost $3.3 billion will be spent on key projects over the next three years.
While BCTA would have preferred that the carbon tax be frozen at 2008 levels, it is nonetheless very pleased with new PST exemptions for idle reduction devices such as auxiliary power units and cab heaters as well as for a broader range of aerodynamic devices. Landry added that “significant progress is being made on plans to develop a comprehensive program designed to reduce commercial vehicle fuel consumption and greenhouse gases.”
Program components will likely include the following:
An education campaign on the benefits of proven technologies and strategies.
An onsite outreach/demonstration centre in a high-volume truck corridor, such as the Pacific Highway Crossing, and a mobile outreach centre for BC’s heartland, to act as “one-stop shopping” sources, including training and information on applying for financing of technologies and add-on devices.
Financial incentives to adopt energy efficiency technologies.
Regulatory changes to improve productivity in trucking.
BCTA is the recognised voice of the provincial motor carrier industry, representing over 800 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. As an EPA SmartWay Transport Partner, BCTA is committed to helping its members find ways to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.