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Port of Vancouver pushes drayage truck age program to April 2023

The Port of Vancouver has once more delayed the beginning date of a program geared toward changing older vehicles within the drayage fleet that providers port terminals, however a bunch of impartial operators stays sad – and is once more threatening job motion.

The Port of Vancouver has once more delayed the beginning date of a program geared toward changing older vehicles within the drayage fleet that providers port terminals, however a bunch of impartial operators stays sad – and is once more threatening job motion.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority stated the Rolling Truck Age Program, designed to retire vehicles older than 12 mannequin years from the port’s drayage fleet, will now begin in April 2023. This system, designed to take away older, extra polluting automobiles from port operations, had been set to begin final February.. It was later delayed to June after which to September previous to the most recent announcement.

Greg Rogge, director of land operations and safety at Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, stated the port reached the choice to push the beginning date to April 2023 after session with Transport Canada and the workplace of federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

“They’re nonetheless listening to issues from a number of the constituents in regards to the availability of substitute vehicles,” Rogge stated. Fairly frankly, we’re utterly in disagreement with that. We all know as a result of we comply with {the marketplace}, and we all know there are lots of vehicles which might be accessible.”

The United Truckers Affiliation (UTA) – a bunch of impartial owner-operators of container vehicles that service the port – stated the Rolling Truck Age Program unfairly targets them, forcing them to hold the prices of shopping for a more moderen, extra energy-efficient car at a time when no different industrial trucking group within the province is required to purchase new vehicles.

The UTA had stated in July it has voted 639-0 to authorize job motion in opposition to the port in protest, but additionally famous on the time that the group is delaying any escalation to accommodate “potential negotiations” with the port authority. In a press release issued this week, the UTA stated the most recent announcement has pushed the group one step nearer to taking labor motion.

“The United Truckers Affiliation is treating the latest Port of Vancouver Rolling Truck Age Program deferral as an inflammatory announcement that has the potential to completely destabilize the Metro Vancouver drayage sector,” the assertion stated. “Whereas the UTA is pleased with the intervention of Minister Omar Alghabra and Members of Parliament Randeep Sarai and Taleeb Noormohamed, there are a variety of inflammatory components with the potential to behave as a powder keg …”

The central level of rivalry regardless of the delay of this system, stated UTA spokesman Gagan Singh, is that whereas the implementation date is deferred, the port is now additionally requiring drivers to improve to a truck from mannequin 12 months 2016 or newer – solely a seven- model-year allowance for vehicles eligible to function on the port (versus the 12-model-year restrict as indicated by the Rolling Truck Age Program).

“As an alternative of offering time for compliance as is being claimed, the newer and extra punitive normal of truck age is forcing [independent operators] into additional value and market problem,” Singh stated.

Rogge, nevertheless, famous that the UTA could have blended up one other separate program – the port’s truck entrant necessities – with the Rolling Truck Age Program. I’ve famous that the truck entrant necessities decide if a brand new owner-operator can convey his or her truck into the drayage fleet for the primary time, and this system has already been in place since 2011.

Again then, a brand new owner-operator was required to have a 2007 truck or newer. That requirement was then up to date in 2015 to vehicles newer than 2010, in 2019 to vehicles newer than 2014 and once more on Jan. 1, 2023, to vehicles 2016 or newer.

The requirement doesn’t apply to owner-operators already within the drayage fleet, which means that there have been operators with vehicles greater than twenty years previous previous to latest modernization efforts. The Rolling Truck Age Program, in flip, is a kind of efforts geared toward vehicles already within the drayage fleet, Rogge stated.

“It signifies that, in the event that they purchased a 2014 truck now – which does not make lots of sense to me since you are nonetheless shopping for a nine-year-old truck with a 12-year restrict within the Rolling Truck Age Program – a driver nonetheless has the chance to try this in the event that they select to till Jan. 1, 2023,” Rogge famous. “The truck incoming necessities have been round for effectively over a decade. We put it in our consideration memo after session with the trade in Might and June this 12 months, and we put out a reminder once more earlier this week.

“On no account, form or type are we saying that – if you have already got a truck within the fleet – that you simply could not proceed to drive [if it fits the Rolling Truck Age Program’s 12-model-year requirement].”

The UTA maintains that the price pressures on truckers are the identical, including that it’s “extending one final plea for Minister Alghabra to take management of this file earlier than labor motion with the potential to trigger billions of {dollars} in destructive influence happens.”

The port authority, nevertheless, additionally reiterated that greater than 80 per cent of the drayage truck fleet on the Port of Vancouver is already compliant with the Rolling Truck Age Program’s 12-model-year necessities.

“We’re on this for the lengthy sport, offering one final six-month delay for the final cohorts to get on the market and change their vehicles,” Rogge stated. “…A number of trucker operators have already invested. The BC Trucking Affiliation could be very supportive; this system is supported by municipal group teams, the Vancouver Park Board, and so forth. It helps the federal authorities’s emission discount technique goal of 40 per cent under 2005 ranges by 2030.

“The stakes are very excessive for communities right here. Outdated vehicles are main emitters of particulate matter, which is a cancer-causing agent… The [Rolling Truck Age Program] is the correct factor to do when it removes an estimated 93 per cent of particulate matter that is brought on by the drayage fleet, which performs 30,000 to 40,000 journeys per week.”

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