Canada’s trucking sector is a huge market, with lots of potential profit and plenty of openings. However, the companies that have sought to take advantage of the gaps in trucking in Cambridge and across the country aren’t always the most scrupulous, which is resulting in the industry at large being demonized for the misdeeds of a minority.
This is the sentiment forwarded by the Canadian Trucking Alliance via its President, Stephen Laskowski, who even went on record and included in this unscrupulous umbrella those who deliberately misclassify their employee-drivers as mere contractors. Laskowski’s organization represents trucking companies and drivers, covering trucking in Cambridge and all of Canada.
He made this statement at Newcom’s Surface Transportation Summit, held in Toronto. He says that the frustration caused by this small but growing minority is palpable, as they’re using management techniques to bypass regulation, endangering the public and the industry. Laskowski asked where the regulators are, and what they’re doing to alleviate the matter.
Laskowski listed a few examples of such tactics, like bypassing emission devices, tampering with the electronic logging devices, to more common white collar underhandedness like evading taxes and not having insurance.
Within Canada, he pointed to Driver Inc., where employers deliberately misclassify drivers who don’t have their own trucks as contractors in order to dodge taxes, as well as other withholdings that would be needed otherwise.
The CTA President has called on Canada’s federal government to step up to the matter and deal with this, and other similar practices. He describes the system as a massive underground economy that needs to be dealt with.
Notably, these statements were made just a few days before Canada’s federal election, which occurred in October 21. With regards to that, Laskowski said that the CTA would be working to get the new government to expand immigration programs so that they can fill in the gaps in the trucking industry.
He does, however, concede that problematic carriers need to be exempt from any assistance from the federal government and its immigration policies. He says that the industry needs to grow and the CTA is working towards that, but the bottom of the barrel isn’t exactly the place to start.