(March 8, 2013) – Did you know some heavy trucks on Ontario's
roadways are exempt from having licence plates, paying related
registration fees and therefore immune to 70 percent heavy-duty
commercial vehicle licence fee hike by the province?
It’s true. And the Ontario Trucking Association recently
responded with an infographic (click
here) to highlight the fact certain utility-type trucks -- such as
mobile cranes, vacuum trucks, concrete pumping trucks, street sweepers
and water trucks -- are exempt from paying any vehicle registration
fees, creating a major revenue leakage that is being absorbed by the
Additionally, round two of OTA’s campaign to put the brakes on
the government’s 70% increase is having an impact. But we still
need the industry to send more emails in order to have a real impact
with key members of the new Liberal cabinet, including new Minister of
Transportation, Glen Murray, and the new Minister of Finance, Charles
If you already sent email under the previous minister, we thank you.
But your voice needs to be heard again. If you haven’t already
done so, now’s the time.
It’s so easy to participate. All you have to do is click
here or go to Ontruck.org and click on the ‘Put the
Brakes on 70%’ icon. You will be asked to enter your name,
company, address and postal code (you must enter this information in
order to receive a reply from the ministers); hit send; and a message
(which you can see) will automatically be sent from you to the ministers
telling them how you feel about the 70% fee increase and what should be
done about it.