B.C. trucking commissioner to control industry rates

The province is granting the commissioner authority to set rates and remuneration previously outlined in government regulations

A container truck leaves GCT Canada's Deltaport container terminal | Rob Kruyt

What happened: The BC Container Trucking Commissioner will have the ability to set industry rates starting July 1, 2019.

Why it matters: Government says the shift away from regulated rates will help maintain stability, fairness and competitiveness in B.C.’s trucking sector.

Starting next week, the BC Container Trucking Commissioner will have the authority to set rates and fuel surcharges in B.C.’s trucking sector.

In a news release issued Tuesday (June 25), Victoria announced it would repeal rates and remuneration provisions set out in B.C. regulations, and empower the office of the container trucking commissioner to set rates based on fair compensation and competitiveness, effective July 1.

Since 2014, the commissioner has reinforced a rate structure established in B.C.'s Container Trucking Regulation. The province says the shift away from regulated rates will help maintain stability, fairness and competitiveness in B.C.’s trucking sector.

The decision is in line with recommendations that followed a rates and regulations review by the commissioner, which proposed a dozen changes.

Among them was a flat $25 rate for drivers moving empty containers between locations in the Lower Mainland – trips that at present are unpaid.

The B.C. government accepted 10 of the report’s 12 recommendations – including the above movement rate.

That rate will also take effect next Monday.

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