Thursday, March 5, 2009

CTA Tells Feds to Avoid Duplication with Transportation Security Programs

(Canadian Transportation & Logistics)

The Canadian Trucking Alliance is pushing for the federal government to avoid “further duplication and overlap” as Canada considers adding further transportation security measures to an already long list.

CTA officials pleaded their case in an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, as stakeholders were called to present views on Bill C-9, An Act to Amend the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992.

The bill has been tabled in so that several technical amendments can be made to the current Act, but also to serve as a launching point for regulations governing the security of dangerous goods during transport. Of particular interest to CTA are provisions in the draft bill dealing with background security checks for drivers, and requirements for security plans, driver training, and route tracking of dangerous goods.

In its presentation, CTA noted that carriers and drivers are already subject to security requirements under programs such as Partners in Protection, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, and the Free and Secure Trade Program. Port security requirements impacting motor carriers are also in place in both Canada and the US, and both governments are rolling out measures to deal with the land transportation movement of cargo destined for a passenger aircraft. Read more here.