Vancouver port defends truck age policy

Leo Barros

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has defended its truck age policy after local truckers held a rally on Canada Day, to protest the restrictions.

The port authority said in an email, “While we respect the right to a peaceful protest, the port authority has a federal responsibility to ensure the safe and efficient movement of Canada’s trade through the port, while protecting the environment and considering the local communities.”  

About 200 trucks participated in the Vancouver rally on Canada Day. (Photo: Submitted)

About 200 trucks rolled from Surrey to downtown Vancouver in a rally organized by the United Truckers Association (UTA) to highlight the “unfair and biased policy” that will prevent trucks more than 10 years old from entering the port in 2022.

The port authority said, “The rolling truck age program is a policy that was first announced several years ago, providing considerable notice for the industry to prepare for these changes. This program was introduced in alignment with our work to reduce the environmental and health impacts of port operations on communities.”

From next year, only truck models from 2012 or newer can be operated at the port.

UTA spokesman Gagan Singh said the group will launch legal action before the end of July. He said the government of British Columbia has the right to impose restrictions on the age of trucks, not the port authority.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency responsible for the over-arching stewardship of the lands and waters that make up the Port of Vancouver, the authority said in the email.

“It looks like they are trying to kick out the small owner operators from the system and bring in bigger companies.”

Gagan Singh, UTA spokesman

“It looks like they are trying to kick out the small owner operators from the system and bring in bigger companies,” Singh said.

He said the larger companies can lease trucks and run the vehicles in two shifts, which owner operators cannot do.

He said about 800 owner operators will be affected by the policy, about 400 of whom will feel the impact immediately.

Singh said, “Truck owners are frustrated, they are not making money that used to earn before Covid hit. It is not feasible for local truckers to operate new trucks.”

Leo Barros

Leo Barros is the associate editor of Today’s Trucking. He has been a journalist for more than two decades, holds a CDL and has worked as a longhaul truck driver. Reach him at leo@newcom.ca

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  • Mr. Singh is wrong.
    An Owner Operator can so lease a truck and an Owner Operator can so hire a second Professional Driver to cross shift that truck.
    Roy & TRANSCOM

  • This is a way to push more owner ops out of business. We should not allow any more foreign trucks to work in B C unless the ports will give no interest loans to all small trucking companies with 20 or less units . In Ontario in the last 3 years over 10,000 units owner ops with their own authorities and smaller fleets under 20 units. Now the large trucking companies and certain receivers want to bring in low wage foreigners instead of fixing parking and proper treatment and medical care.