Our local MPP`s motion to help truckers in the province passed in the legislature last night.

Mushkegowuk-James Bay MPP Guy Bourgouin asked the Ford Government to tackle high insurance costs and truck driver shortages. The New Democrat says it`s a victory for all truckers in Northern Ontario and that the action in the house shows that something needs to be done.

The motion includes mandating trucking companies that operate fleets to provide their drivers with letters of experience upon request. It also calls for a review of the current underwriting rules and truck driving training standards and costs.

Debbie Paquin with Claude Laflamme Trucking in Hearst is appreciative of the motion being brought to the legislature.

“In 2018, our insurance increased from $2,800 to $6,500 overnight without reason. We’ve had to accept the decision because we had no choice,” she said. “Then, our son wanted to follow his father’s path, so he completed the trucker training, which cost him $10,000. To insure our family business, it costs us $15,000. We are now paying $25,000 in insurance premiums every year, without any basis on experience or accident record. I hope Mr. Bourgouin’s motion will help change things.”