Transport Canada says the rules will “reduce the competitive advantage” of trucking and will result in a “dire” outcome for the industry.
The department’s new rules come into effect Tuesday, which will have a direct impact on the industry’s trucking business.
It says commercial truckers will have to keep their size to a minimum of 28 inches when it comes to their trucks, and that they can only move up to a certain size when transporting goods.
The regulations will also ban trucks from more than 40 inches in length.
“The commercial truck industry is the backbone of the Canadian economy and its success hinges on the integrity of the national supply chain,” Transport Canada’s director of industry, policy and operations, David Marder, said in a statement.
“In order to ensure that truckers have the best opportunity to compete for customers, the rules have to be enforced.”
The rules come after a number of truck drivers in the province staged a protest in the city of Vancouver in January.
They are also calling for more information from the government on the new rules.
The truck industry says the regulations will result to a “disruptive impact” on their operations, and says it would be a big mistake for truckers to move up in size.
“They’ve been telling us, ‘We’re not going to be able to get out of here, we’re going to have to move faster to compete with larger trucks,'” said Jeff Reimer, owner of the trucking company, Cargill Trucking.
“That’s just not fair.
They’re putting us at a disadvantage and we want to stay where we are.”
Reimer says that the government has not given him any indication that the regulations are coming to an end.
“We’re still waiting on the final approval from the minister,” he said.
Transport Canada is proposing to keep truck sizes at 28-inch and 38-inch trucks in 2019, and allow trucks to grow up to 50 inches in width.
“For the time being, we are keeping the rules,” Mardner said.
“However, we will be considering a revised proposal in the future.”
With files from The Canadian Press and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation