Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How is the diesel fuel cost change index calculated?
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  2. Are carriers required to use this information in determining their fuel surcharges?
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  3. When did fuel surcharges begin?
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  4. When did carriers begin their most recent fuel surcharge programs?
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  5. Do carriers ever stop applying fuel surcharges?
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  6. Is the carbon tax included in the fuel price used to calculate the index?
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  7. Is it possible for an individual carriers cost increase to be greater than that produced by the index?
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  8. How many miles per gallon is the calculation based on?
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  9. How often is the index released?
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  10. What’s the difference between the Canadian Domestic and the U.S. – Canada calculation?
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  11. Where does the U.S. diesel fuel price come from in the U.S. –Canada calculation?
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  12. Why doesn’t the percentage fuel cost of total cost used in the calculation change?
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  13. What’s the reason for the May 1998 base price of 39 cents/litre?
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  14. If a carrier takes rate increases while a fuel surcharge is in effect is it double counting?
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  15. Does FCA produce a separate fuel cost index for Western Canada?
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  16. Does FCA produce a separate fuel cost index for Eastern Atlantic Canada?
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  17. Does the fuel cost index take into account the cost of installing or removing fuel storage tanks?
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  18. Does the fuel cost index take into account the cost of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)?
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  19. Does the fuel cost index take into account the higher maintenance costs associated with newer engines?
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  20. Would the cost impact of changes to diesel fuel prices be the same for a courier operation?
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  21. How should an owner operator be compensated for diesel fuel price changes?
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  22. Should I continue to use the FCA formula if I change the base price?
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  23. Is there a viable alternative to carrier fuel surcharge plans?
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  24. Where are diesel fuel prices headed?
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  25. Are there any public sources for Canadian diesel fuel prices?
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  26. Does FCA produce a diesel fuel cost index based on miles?
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  27. Are empty miles taken into account?
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