PST: The Other Side of the Mountains

Last month I told you about an Alberta company that took on some new work hauling specialized oilfield equipment from Slave Lake, Alta., to Prince Rupert, B.C. When the fleet manager calculated the cost to do the job, he overlooked a key detail: having to pay nearly...

When to Permit, When to Prorate

You can make a fortune hauling oilfield equipment between Alberta and British Columbia. You can also lose it if you miscalculate the real cost of using single trip permits. I recently met with an Alberta oilfield services company that had taken a job hauling heavy...

Ping! Understanding Your GPS Data

Onboard vehicle tracking systems that use GPS sure have made it easier to capture data and make the summary reports that jurisdictions require for IFTA and other distance-based tax programs. Ping! No hand-scrawled trip sheets. Ping! No chasing down drivers for...

3 Steps Toward Better IFTA Compliance

The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is a reciprocity agreement among the lower 48 states and Canadian provinces that’s designed to make it simpler for motor carriers that operate outside of their home jurisdiction to report and pay fuel tax. Vehicles...

Big Changes Coming to IRP in 2015

Today, establishing a new prorate fleet involves paying licensing fees based on your best guesstimate of the distance you expect to travel in various jurisdictions during a 12-month period. Guess wrong—say you licensed in Jurisdiction A and B but not Jurisdiction C,...