LANGLEY, B.C. — While unhappy truckers may have departed from Port Metro Vancouver, actions taken during this week’s protest are still playing out.
As reported on TruckNews.com, hundreds of owner/operators who banded together under the name United Truckers Association protested at the port on Wednesday to bring attention to what they feel are unreasonable wait times and compensation issues. While the majority of protestors were law-abiding and respectful, some are reported to have been aggressive, threatening and intimidating other drivers who were attempting to enter the port.
In reaction to those reports, Port Metro Vancouver has vowed to take action against drivers who employed those tactics. In a statement, the port says: “There are now allegations and evidence some protestors are disrupting port operations, including violence, intimidation and sabotage of trucks and property. These individuals will be identified and their licenses to access port property will be terminated.”
The port also called on co-operation to help normalize the situation.
“With the support of industry, government, law enforcement and other truckers, Port Metro Vancouver is intent on returning the port to regular operations as soon as possible.”
While the port admits to recent wait times being long, it blames the extreme weather for causing delays. It also insists operations are essentially running smoothly.
“GPS data shows the average truck wait time is well within industry standards. Sixty-four per cent of trucks are waiting less than one hour to pick up or drop off cargo, while less than 5% are waiting longer than two hours.
“There is room for improvement. We are working with terminal operators and key stakeholders to reduce wait times. The goal for 2014 is to reduce wait times to less than one hour, 75% of the time. The long-term goal is to have 100% of wait times under one hour.”