Port Metro Vancouver trucking companies have filed a lawsuit against Canadian authorities, arguing recent federal rate increases that ended a recent truckers’ strike are unconstitutional.
Thirty-three carriers filed claim in the Supreme Court of British Columbia April 25 after Canadian officials elevated container trucking rates 12 percent and doubled owner-operators’ fuel surcharge. The carriers seek an injunction to end the hikes and unspecified damages.
The carriers assert the Canadian government lacked jurisdiction when it imposed these increases. The changes resulted from a back-to-work agreement negotiated between the federal and provincial governments, Port Metro Vancouver, union and non-unionized truckers.
The plaintiffs say they were excluded from discussions that resulted in the March 26 agreement ending the strike. The return-to-work plan also included setting a benchmark hourly wage and trucker wait time compensation.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.