VICTORIA, B.C. — The province of B.C. has revealed its new rate structure for container haulers serving Port Metro Vancouver.
The province says the new rate plan provides fair wages and other improvements for truckers and should resolve rate undercutting within the container segment.
“It is a complicated situation and it has been hard to find a solution that pleases everyone,” the province said in a release, noting it involved stakeholders in the discussions, including mediators Vince Ready and Corrin Bell, industry and labour groups and truckers.
The new rates are retroactive to April 3, 2014. With them in place, the province since it has now implemented 12 of the 14 actions set out by the Joint Action Plan. These include
- Minimum rates for all truckers that serve the port on and off dock.
- A 2% fuel surcharge in place.
- A whistleblower line in place.
- All trucking companies now subject to enhanced audit.
- An end to all Port Metro Vancouver legal proceedings.
- Extended hours at Vanterm, Centerm and Deltaport.
- Wait time fees in place and 100% payable to truckers.
- Terminal Gate Compliance Fee waived by the port.
- Mediation assistance offered to truckers and their employer companies.
- GPS units installed within all TLS-licensed trucks.
- Steering committee (in place from April through September 2014).
- Vince Ready/Corrin Bell recommendations issued in September 2014.
Port Metro Vancouver is now working on the two remaining recommendations: TLS reform with new licences to be issued by Feb. 1, 2015; and a new reservations system being built for early 2015. Meanwhile, a commissioner will be appointed in the coming weeks to provide oversight to the industry.
You can see the new rates here.
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