The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has called on the federal government to take a “fair and sensible approach” to how carbon pricing applies to the trucking industry.
It also urged Ottawa to work in partnership with the private sector as it transitions to the green economy.
“By reinvesting carbon pricing revenue into a carbon reduction equipment incentive program for Canada’s trucking industry, the federal government would see more adoption and increased market penetration of emissions-reducing technologies, and show carriers their investment at the pump is being redirected toward our sector to further improve the environment,” the alliance said.
The federal carbon pricing regime, which took effect April 2019, has added an additional 5.37 cents a liter in carbon pricing on all diesel fuel consumed by trucking companies in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan (and as of January 1, 2020, Alberta), CTA said.
The carbon price is scheduled to rise to 8.05 cents per liter on April 1, 2020, 10.73 cents per liter in 2021, and 13.41 cents per liter in 2022.