Monday, July 29, 2013

Road Haulage Freight Theft Brings together Cargo IT, Police and Trucking Interests

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CANADA – With cargo thefts costing the country’s road haulage industry in excess of an estimated CA$5 billion a year, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), in partnership with CargoNet, various police agencies and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA), is launching Project Momentum, an initiative to raise awareness of the growing threat of freight crime in the high risk corridor along Highway 401 from the Ontario-Quebec border to Windsor.

Project Momentum will be rolled out in two phases. The first phase includes a public awareness and multi-media campaign and a series of three workshops on cargo crime mitigation strategies attended by carriers, law enforcement, shippers, the insurance sector, and officials from all three levels of government. Jeff Bryan, President of Jeff Bryan Transport and OTA Chairman will host the first workshop on September 5th in Burford, Ontario. He said:

"The goal is to educate everyone from carriers, to the courts, to the public of the scope and seriousness of cargo crime and the impact it and the organised syndicates behind it is having not only on the business world but in our communities. There is some momentum building. Industry has taken the first steps, law enforcement is there beside us to help, but so much more needs to be done such as tougher sentencing.”

The initiative’s second phase will focus on providing training and awareness to law enforcement, raising the profile of cargo crime and its consequences in the judicial system and strengthening the partnership to reduce cargo crime. The CTA plans to roll out similar events in other hot spots across Canada.