Alberta Trucking Industry Welcomes Cut in Federal Excise Tax

    CALGARY, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Yesterday's announcement by Prime Minister
Stephen Harper's election campaign that he will cut the diesel fuel excise
taxes in half is a step in the right direction, says the Alberta Motor
Transport Association (AMTA).
    "Any effort to lower the overall price of diesel fuel is good news to the
trucking industry in Alberta which has been reeling under record diesel fuel
prices," says Mayne Root, Executive Director of the Alberta Motor Transport
Association. "The reduction of the 4 cent per litre federal excise tax on
diesel fuel to 2 cents, will provide much needed relief to trucking companies
struggling with high prices. It may not seem like much, but a few pennies
saved here and there would in fact make a difference."
    Alberta truckers, like their counterparts across North America, are
wrestling with higher than ever diesel fuel prices which have now overtaken
labour as the number one component of a trucking company's operating cost for
many fleets. Higher fuel prices have boosted shipping costs which translates
into higher prices for Albertans at the cash register.
    For an average long-haul driver who travels up to 200,000 km/year and
uses 80,000 - 90,000 litres of fuel per year the savings per truck would be as
much as $1,600 - $1,800 per year, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance,
a federation of the country's provincial trucking associations of which AMTA
is a member.
    "The cut in diesel fuel is a step in the right direction to address some
of the pressure the industry is under," says Root. "As for addressing
environmental protection and GHG reduction, AMTA advocates achieving
environmental gains by providing the industry with incentives for investment
in new green technologies. AMTA is a proponent of enviroTruck, the trucking
industry's initiative that gets new technologies that can have a significant
impact on lowering smog and GHG emission into the Canadian fleet quicker."

    The AMTA represents all sectors of the highway transportation industry.
We take a leadership role in enhancing workplace safety and fostering a
healthy, vibrant industry. We are a proactive, dynamic association that is
responsive to the needs of our members.
    The Alberta Motor Transport Association is a province-wide,
not-for-profit Association, formed to provide a voice for the Alberta highway
transportation industry in Alberta. The role of AMTA is to help our members
succeed by providing training programs and providing safety initiatives that
reduce workplace injuries. We represent the highway transportation industry in
Alberta. The role of the AMTA is to help our Members succeed by providing
training programs and promoting safety initiatives that reduce workplace
injuries. We represent the highway transportation industry at the provincial
and national levels in dealing with issues such as regulations, trans-border
crossings, taxation, safety, the environment, and the future of trucking. AMTA
has 14,000 members.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Mayne Root, Executive Director,
AMTA, (403) 214-3429

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