The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) continued its call for government help with payroll taxes and truck driver meal costs, during an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health held in May.
The presentation focused on requests for a three-month deferral on payroll tax remittances, using an interest-free load that can be paid back within 12-18 months, and an adjusted meal allowance for truck drivers.
The need for that support had been echoed in a joint request by Teamsters Canada, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC), and Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC).
While CTA carriers reported an average 27% drop in revenue during surveys in late March and early April, the average decrease is now closer to 35%, he said, adding that 37% of fleets have “significant concerns” regarding operations over the next three months. Sixty-three percent of surveyed fleets say customers have asked customers for payment deferrals or simply not paid for services.