Some 3,500 artisanal truckers will “visit” Monday morning, at sixty service centers of the Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transportation Electrification to protest against the presence of truckers unregulated on public sites.
L has traffic around a few key points – including the Turcot Interchange in Montreal from Parliament Hill in Quebec City and a few offices of MPs – will also disturbed at 6:30 am Monday.
These pressure tactics will be deployed by bulk truckers affiliated with the National Association of Artisan Truckers Inc. (ANCAI).
In an interview, ANCAI General Manager Gaétan Légaré explains that the truckers wish to denounce “the inaction” of the Ministère des Transports which continues to allow contractors, on its own sites, to retain the services of truckers who do not are not governed by the Commission des transports du Québec.
According to Mr. Légaré, the use of these unregulated truckers leaves the door wide open to corruption and the deployment of false invoicing schemes.
“We all heard the same thing at the Charbonneau Commission, that makes no sense. There is nothing that has been done at the Ministry of Transport, “insists Mr. Légaré. “This is the only construction profession that is not governed,” he says. This is people have no account to make.
Gaétan Légaré even says that the department would be tempted to increase the proportion of contracts awarded to unregulated truckers.
At the same time, more than 300 Quebec municipalities require their contractors to use exclusively the services of truckers governed economically by the Commission des transports du Québec.
Mr. Légaré explains that “our brokerage organizations are accredited and supervised by the Commission des transports”.
“All financial transactions between a contractor and a trucker go through a trust account, so that there is no possibility of false invoicing or corruption.”