Container trucking companies still underpaying drivers, audit finds

by Truck News

VANCOUVER, B.C. — B.C.’s Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone says six recently conducted audits of container trucking companies has found all six are failing to live up to their trucker compensation requirements under the Container Trucking Act.

“The office of the container trucking commissioner continues to fulfill its responsibilities under the Container Trucking Act with one of its primary duties being to conduct a robust and ongoing audit process,” Stone said in a statement. “The office has concluded six audits and found that each of the six licensees did not meet their obligations to pay their drivers retroactive rates, which is required under the Container Trucking Act. The commissioner’s office is currently evaluating what sanctions it will take against the six licensees.”

Legislation introduced by the government through the Container Trucking Act outlined minimum rates and retroactive pay requirements for container truckers. Stone said the legislation is being enforced, even following the recent resignation of the commissioner responsible for overseeing the Act.

“It’s clear that even as government looks to find a new commissioner, the office of the container trucking commissioner continues to enforce its legislative responsibilities,” Stone said. “A number of other audits are ongoing and when complete, the status will be posted to the commissioner’s website. If an audit finds a licensee isn’t meeting its obligations under the Container Trucking Act and its regulations, the commissioner’s office has the authority to issue an order of repayment of monies owed to drivers and impose sanctions to achieve compliance under the Act.”

The province didn’t detail how much money was owed, or by which trucking companies, however NDP critic Shane Simpson told the Vancouver Sun “There’s a significant amount of money owed to truckers under this situation. I’m told it could be up to as much as $15,000 per trucker.”

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  • I work for Simard, and have since March 14 of this year. I have been doing the port with various companies since before port passes were issued . They are paying me the lower rate, I have brought this to there attention, even sent them the articles where it shows no matter what license they have worked for in the past.That as long as the driver has filled the hours, he must be paid the higher rate. They have asked me to show my pay stub from past employers, to prove this. I intern said that Sharon with BCTA can show that I have had a port pass since day one. This still is not good enough for them also are not giving us the the time spent in the ports they stop paying port rate until we leave. We can be in the port over lunch which can involve a couple of hours. They also deduct benefits,but their calculations seems that unfair as what we pay or they pay. I can’t see how it can be $5.00 an hour when we pay about $20.00 a week. I know you did an audit on them But I’m asking you to take a second look into these issues Thank You in Advance