March 27, the Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) will introduce new
and stronger requirements to its mandatory Truck Licensing System
(TLS). These will include more rigorous safety, security and environmental
standards that will apply to all container trucks and container
truck operations at Lower Mainland ports.
The new requirements are part of the VPA's response to last summer's
withdrawal of services by most lower mainland container truckers.
Container truck operators will have 60 days to comply with changes
designed to improve the flow of container truck traffic on lower
mainland roadways, reduce wait times at truck gates, reinforce safe
driver behaviour, and reduce emissions.
"It is critical that we do everything possible to ensure stability
in the container trucking sector. Last year's dispute shone a national
spotlight on the importance of the port to Canada's retail sector
and exporters," said Captain Gordon Houston, President and
Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Port Authority.
Chief among the new license provisions is mandatory compliance with
container terminal reservation systems. Also, operators will be
required to take advantage of extended hours of operation at terminal