Truck drivers have determined to delay labor motion on the Port of Vancouver for few weeks after holding talks with port officers on July 30, staving off a probable shutdown on the busy West Coast facility this week.
United Truckers Affiliation (UTA) spokesman Ganan Singh mentioned in a information launch the group met representatives from the port and federal authorities and “struck a brief settlement to work collectively on introducing opacity stage standards for vans as a substitute of the Rolling Truck Age Program.”
Opacity assessments would floor vans that generate thick clouds of exhaust smoke. However whereas that detects undesirable particulate matter, it doesn’t determine greenhouse gases corresponding to nitrogen oxide or carbon dioxide.
From Sept. 15, the port will ban container-hauling vans with model years older than 2006, to enhance air high quality and neighborhood well being.
“Which means that we’re delaying our labor motion for just a few weeks to see how far we will advance this concept,” Singh mentioned.
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In a letter, McCallum warned job motion could lead to a “shutdown on the port.” He mentioned impartial owner-operators have been unfairly focused and no different industrial truckers in B.C. face such pricey measures to earn a dwelling.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority didn’t reply to a request for remark on the time of publication.
The UTA urged its members to work as regular over the approaching weeks as the continued negotiations progress.
All container trucking companies trying to serve the port’s marine container terminals should meet sure standards – together with minimal truck age, security, and environmental necessities – to entry the federally owned port property below the Truck Licensing System (TLS).
Of the 1,800 vans that function, 80% already comply. About 270 vans owned by corporations and impartial operators must get replaced below the upcoming necessities.
Sixteen vans will instantly be affected on Sept. 15.