By David Tanner
OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Joe Rajkovacz attended the annual meeting of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, May 16-20 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Meeting topics involved ways to harmonize trucking rules and enforcement on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border relating to hours of service, electronic on-board recorders, speed limiters and motor carrier evaluations.
Canadian provinces, rather than the federal government, have jurisdiction over much of transportation. Provincial governments and stakeholders often disagree on issues that have national significance.
“Speed limiters and EOBRs are two great examples,” Rajkovacz said. “The Canadian Trucking Alliance and Ontario Trucking Association are big proponents of both, but the Western provinces look at this exactly as we (at OOIDA) have termed it – something to keep small-businesses and American owner-operators out of the marketplace.”
The CCMTA consists of a number of stakeholder groups, and OOIDA is among them. During the conference, Rajkovacz participated in the Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Committee, which discussed CSA 2010 in the U.S. and a proposed blueprint for a similar initiative in Canada.
The committee also discussed EOBRs at length as Canadian and U.S. regulators work to harmonize future actions. The committee had also placed obstructive sleep apnea on the agenda, but the discussion was shelved because of time constraints. LL
Land Line Now Host Mark Reddig contributed to this report.