TORONTO — There's a discrepancy in Ontario between which vehicles are required by law to be licenced and which aren't.
Specifically, the discrepancy lies within the types of vehicles that are considered "road-building machines" in Ontario's Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and which are considered "motor vehicles."
It's an issue that perhaps many in the trucking industry have known about, but one that is only getting a closer look in the wake of a 70 percent heavy-duty commercial vehicle licence fee hike by the province.
That fee hike, which began last December with a 30 percent increase and the remainder to kick-in December 2013, sparked a campaign by the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) to "put the brakes on the 70."
"It's hard to put into one category, but they tend to be mobile cranes, street sweepers, pumpers — vehicles like that. In a nutshell, these vehicles don't pay any fees, which makes them, in terms of revenue generating vehicles, no different than a bicycle," said Marco Beghetto, VP Communications and New Media at the OTA.
But for John Greedy of Jack Greedy Limited out of Bolton, ON., it's an "unfair playing field."