SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Saint John has come under fire over a proposal to generate $1 million through a new tax on trucks hauling goods in the city amid the fight against Covid-19.
The idea was proposed in a report to the Saint John Common Council, the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association said Monday. The association sharply criticized the move.
“Trucking is an essential service, the lifeblood of local economies, and the cornerstone of Atlantic Canada’s Covid-19 response and recovery, which makes the City of Saint John’s consideration to impose this on trucking a monumentally bad idea,” it said.
APTA executive director Jean-Marc Picard said the industry already pays more than its fair share.
“Fuel taxes, excise taxes, small business taxes, licensing fees, property taxes, and the list goes on.”
Trucks move freight to and from the Saint John region, and are key to helping businesses get their goods in and out of the city.
APTA added that more tax is the last thing the trucking industry needs, especially at this time when businesses are suffering.
“This will only make Saint John’s businesses less competitive, and have a negative impact on economic growth for the city,” the association said.
“This new proposal will hurt trucking and costs will be passed on to customers.”
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