New trucking laws aim to cut costs, fuel use
New regulations for truckers in western Canada could translate to better prices for consumers, according to the Manitoba Trucking Association.
Manitoba has inked a deal with the western provinces to harmonize rules for the trucking industry.
The changes will mean weight regulations, driver qualifications and maximum speeds will be standardized across the western half of Canada.
Bob Dolyniuk with the Manitoba Trucking Association said the changes should help companies save money and fuel.
"It allows the companies that operate them to be more efficient so they can, quite frankly, move freight from Manitoba, Winnipeg to Calgary, Alberta or Edmonton without having to reconfigure their equipment," said Dolyniuk.
For example, Dolyniuk said, some regulations required separate trucks for different trailers. Now, one truck can haul multiple trailers.
The industry has been lobbying for the changes for the standardization for the past three years.