DELTA, B.C. – The British Columbia government has broken ground on a new truck parking facility in Delta, B.C., aimed at benefiting commercial drivers traveling to or working in the Lower Mainland.
Expected to open this fall and have room for up to 40 trucks, the new parking facility will be located on Nordel Way at Highway 91, across from the Nordel commercial vehicle inspection facility in Delta.
“Parking facilities for commercial trucks are a much-needed addition to our transportation infrastructure,” said B.C.’s transportation and infrastructure minister Todd Stone. “This new parking facility will help support those working in our trucking industry by providing a safe place to park overnight, with amenities like washrooms and convenient access to major highways.”
The $2.8-million parking facility will also feature lighting, bathrooms, garbage cans and a sanitation dump.
“Trucking is essential to our economy, with more than $3 billion in goods trucked between our gateway ports and the rest of Canada each year,” said Delta North MLA Scott Hamilton. “This truck parking facility supports the industry by offering a safe, convenient place to park.”
The Nordel Way parking facility is the first of at least two new truck parking locations to be constructed as part of the province’s 10-year transportation plan.
The B.C. government also amended regulation to increase the allowable length of boat tails, which are rear-mounted trailer panels that reduce aerodynamic drag and improve fuel efficiencies, from .61 to 1.52 meters. Regulations were also changed to increase the allowable length of B-train commercial vehicles from 25 to 27.5 meters.
“This new parking facility will be welcomed by the trucking industry and we look forward to future additions to parking infrastructure around the province,” said B.C. Trucking Association president and CEO Louise Yako. “Also of importance to our members are government’s regulatory changes, which will allow them to use more fuel-efficient tractors and maximum-length aerodynamic devices on trailers. These will not only save operators money on fuel, but also help our industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”