Govt to clarify truck permit rules
Government will amend the Motor Car Act to clarify the rules regarding permits for dumpster trailers, defining various classes and usage restrictions.
Tourism and Transportation Minister Shawn Crockwell said discussions with stakeholders identified that the interpretation of the act by permit holders has been a cause of some of the current issues.
“The bill will make provisions to give the Minister responsible for Transport statutory authority to grant permits for the use of different classes of trailer,” he said. “It will also provide definitions for the various classes, the usage and restrictions of those trailers.”
The use of dumpster trailers has caused contention within the trucking industry for years.
Mr Crockwell told the House of Assembly that companies have over the years received approval to use trailers for haulage work for projects such as the demolition of the Club Med Hotel.
“In more recent years some companies have strived to improve their operations and become more efficient and the state of the economy has forced companies to tighten their belts and become innovative with hauling their product,” Mr Crockwell said.
“Some companies and owners have devised methods of transporting products using shipping trailers which can move large quantities of product during a single run as opposed to using a truck which will have to make several trips.
“It is not easy identifying these breaches since the expectation when you see a trailer with a shipping container is that it is departing the dock for a warehouse or the like.”
While he applauded efforts to save costs and keep Bermudians employed, he said the Ministry must make sure companies and individuals operate within the law.
He also noted that some entrepreneurs have invested in crane trucks, tippers and multi-use bobcats to handle smaller jobs, and that some companies are using their own vehicles to haul products and materials rather than hiring independent vehicles.
“In light of these various issues, the Ministry is conducting a review of existing permits for trucks, tank wagons, tractors, construction machines and trailers, as well as current practices, industry trends, policies and the legislative framework in order to address the continual changes occurring in this sector of the economy with a view to be proactive instead of punitive,” he said.