VANCOUVER, B.C. — Truckers will now have until Oct. 6 before they will require a port pass to enter the Centerm Port at the Port of Vancouver.
The deadline has been extended from Oct. 1. The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) is responsible for issuing the photo identification port passes, but it’s been somewhat overwhelmed as the association was originally told it would have until March, 2004 before all truckers entering the port would require a pass. The port changed its mind and announced in late August that the passes would be required by October.
The Vancouver Port Authority has agreed in principle to accept FAST cards in place of port passes, however, the substitution is not acceptable at this time because of the earlier timeline implemented by the port, says the BCTA.
To find out more about port passes and to obtain one, contact the BCTA at 604-888-5319. The association has been open extended hours, including Saturdays in an attempt to get all required port passes issued on time.
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