What Students in Dispatcher Training Should Know About the Canadian Trucking Alliance
December 21, 2016
The CTA is responsible for many of the advancements the industry has seen over the past few years. Read on to learn more about the alliance and what it means for the 450,000 professionals employed by the trucking industry.
The CTA Represents the Viewpoints of Professionals with Trucking and Dispatcher Training
The CTA works closely with the government in order to make sure that the voice of Canada’s trucking industry is heard.
Oftentimes when the government is looking to pass new trucking laws or regulations, it will consult the CTA. The CTA provides a realistic industry perspective to help the government make plans that are actionable, beneficial, and realistic. Having the CTA as an advocate helps improve the working conditions for all members of the trucking industry, including students who complete dispatcher training. It can also have a direct impact on job availability and industry growth. In addition to working with the government, the CTA also works with media outlets to ensure the trucking industry is portrayed positively.
The CTA Advocates for Safety Initiatives You May Learn About in Your Dispatch Course
All players in the trucking industry know safety is of the utmost importance. Truck drivers share their workplace with the public, which creates a higher level of risk and uncertainty. Being able to mitigate this risk is one of the CTA’s main goals.
The CTA is also working alongside federal and provincial governments to design an electronic logging device. The logging device would provide more transparency into how long drivers are on the road. In addition, the alliance is actively involved in the proposition of making roll stability systems the standard in all newly produced heavy trucks.
The CTA Considers the Environmental Impact of the Trucking Industry
The trucking industry comes under a lot of fire for its emissions. The CTA recognizes that and is looking for ways to improve the environmental responsibility of the industry. It oversaw that practical measures were put into place to improve fuel efficiency for truckers, which in turn has reduced GHG emissions.
The alliance supports a Canada-wide implementation of incentives that entice trucking companies to use emission-cutting technologies in their trucks. These technologies could include aerodynamic attachments, speed limiters, and idle-reduction components. In addition, the CTA is in support of natural gas powered engines, which it believes could reduce GHG emissions by 20 to 30 per cent. To further reduce emissions, the CTA is also calling on the government to introduce a program that would award incentives like tax credits and repayable grants to companies that invest in these types of technologies.
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