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24 road network. It became more involved with specialized tech- interests as agreed upon within the Task Force back to their nical activities, and as its role broadened, it became the RTAC jurisdiction so that it can be implemented. Most members in 1970, and it finally assumed its current name in 1990 (57). of the Task Force have relatively ready access to their Deputy TAC membership includes federal, provincial and territorial Minister, who is the senior civil servant in the department. transportation departments, municipal transportation depart- The Task Force addresses national matters at an open meet- ments, private-sector firms, academic institutions, associa- ing attended by its members from all provinces and territo- tions and individuals, all with an interest in road and urban ries, and by the federal government, each with additional staff transportation issues (57). as necessary. These meetings are also attended by representa- The CCMTA is the body that coordinates administration, tives of stakeholders with an interest in the issues. Meetings regulation and control of motor vehicle transportation and are held as required, with one each year for the past several highway safety (58). CCMTA was originally formed in 1940 by years. The agenda generally consists of a status report on con- the four western provinces, and all provinces had joined by 1956 tinuing issues, a status report of changes and new initiatives in response to perceived needs for uniformity due to increasing by each jurisdiction, and open discussion of continuing issues traffic and travel (58). CCMTA established a permanent secre- from previous meetings and new issues tabled at the meeting. tariat in 1975. The members of CCMTA are the provincial, The Task Force members then meet in a closed session to territorial and federal ministries responsible for administration review the discussion and to decide on a course of action for of highway transportation. CCMTA also extends associate each issue. This is summarized in a report to the Council of membership to national and provincial associations, compa- Deputy Ministers. nies, law enforcement, health and safety organizations, other The Council of Ministers generally meets in conjunction government departments, educational organizations, and with the TAC annual meeting in September. The Task Force others, from both Canada and the United States (58). in recent years has generally met a couple of months later, The Task Force on Vehicle Weights and Dimensions Pol- which allows it to address issues arising from the meeting of icy is a national committee comprising officials from the fed- the Council of Ministers. Members can then ensure that any eral, provincial, and territorial transportation departments, necessary work is done on these issues, and on matters aris- reporting to the Council of Deputy Ministers Responsible for ing from its own meeting, so that the Task Force can report Transportation and Highway Safety. The Task Force has been to the Council of Deputy Ministers at its meeting, which is assigned responsibility for generally in March. Members can then do any further work required by the Council of Deputy Ministers, reporting again Pursuing greater national and/or regional uniformity of to their meeting just prior to the meeting of the Council of policies, regulations and enforcement practices for heavy Ministers, and then reporting on to the Council of Ministers. vehicle weight and dimension limits within Canada, and Representing Canada in regulatory harmonization discus- 2.3.7 Regional Groups Within sions being carried out under NAFTA (61). the Task Force Conveniently, the secretariats for the Council of Ministers, The four western provinces, British Columbia, Alberta, TAC, CCMTA and the Task Force all share the same physical Saskatchewan and Manitoba, have met regularly as a sub- location, in Ottawa. group of the Task Force to address regional harmonization issues. They developed more uniform special permit condi- tions for movement of over-dimensional and over-weight 2.3.6 The Task Force on Vehicle Weights indivisible vehicles and loads in 2002, and more recently have and Dimensions Policy met to rationalize their permit conditions for longer combi- The Task Force maintains the M.o.U. (34), which sets nation vehicles, such as Turnpike Doubles, Rocky Mountain national standards for the size and weight of trucks used in doubles and triple trailer combinations. interprovincial transportation. It is a direct descendant of The four Atlantic Provinces, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, the original Implementation Planning Subcommittee of the Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, CCMTA/RTAC Vehicle Weights and Dimensions Com- have also met regularly. They developed a regional agreement mittee, formed in 1986 to transform the research from the modeled on the M.o.U., which each province has adopted CCMTA/RTAC Vehicle Weights and Dimensions Study into as its own regulation (37). They are now developing more the M.o.U. Task Force members are expected to have a detailed uniform special permit conditions for movement of over- knowledge of truck size and weight issues, have sufficient dimensional loads. authority to represent the position and interests of their juris- Ontario and Qubec have also met occasionally on their diction in a national discussion, and represent the national own issues.