VANCOUVER, B.C. — Port Metro Vancouver has announced a new pilot project that will use GPS to better facilitate the movement of trucks in and out of the port.
The Container Truck Efficiency Pilot Program is a six-month test the port hopes will improve efficiency for truckers and the port itself.
“Port operations must keep pace with improved technologies that will save time, track movements and improve communication,” said Peter Xotta, vice-president, planning and operations, Port Metro Vancouver. “This is an exciting new program. Thanks to the volunteers from the local container drayage community, we will be able to determine how this technology will have a meaningful, positive impact on daily business operations on the terminal and for the trucking community.”
The port is inviting 300 volunteers to take part in the pilot. They must hold an approved licence or permit in Port Metro Vancouver’s Truck Licensing System (TLS) to take part. Volunteers will receive training, installation and use of the GPS system at no cost, the port announced.
The port is hoping the program: helps track and communicate important routing, operational and congestion info to vehicle operators in real-time; delivers traffic information that allows truckers to avoid congestion; and validates turn time and wait time at the terminal.
The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) welcomed the initiative.
“With an anticipated increase in container volumes and a looming driver shortage, we need to use every tool available to ensure port intermodal operations are as efficient as they can be,” said Louise Yako, president and CEO, BCTA. “We’re encouraged to see Port Metro Vancouver working in consultation with the container drayage sector, which is a vital link in the Asia Pacific Gateway.”
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