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Truck drivers at the Port of Vancouver are poised to withdraw services over environmental obligations that force some to buy new trucks.

Members of the United Trackers Association voted in favor of a job campaign to protest the Rolling Track Age Program at the Port of Vancouver. Reduce emissions.

Trucks at the Port of Vancouver Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
Truck at Vancouver Port on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Photo: Jason Payne /PNG

United Trackers Association recently hired a port on Friday I voted for it. A Vancouver directive prohibiting operators from driving vehicles over the age of 12.

Association spokesperson Gagan Singh said 639 out of 1,000 members voted to withdraw the service without a negative vote.

"I was surprised," Shin said. "I didn't expect those numbers."

Shin said the next step was to "consult with the directors, and if you consider, with the union on the (duty) date. We will discuss it. " The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.

Truck drivers are angry with the Rolling Truck Age Program, which will start on September 15, and about 20 of the 1,800 trucks that carry containers to and from the port for reductions. Affects%. Emissions.

The union states that 360 drivers need to buy new or infrequently used trucks. This can cost more than $ 200,000.

"These costly measures will put an extreme financial burden on container truck drivers at the highest inflation rates and affordable prices of their generation," Shin posted. I told the media.

He predicted a new supply chain delay when the port was already facing the backlog.

The Rolling Track Age Program has been on the port agenda since 2012. In 2015, the port informed the driver that the program would come into effect in February 2022.

The goal of the program is to reduce emissions.

However, a month before the program began, Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra intervened and requested the port to discuss further with the driver. Alghabra was concerned that this program would hurt Canada's already vulnerable supply chain.

In early June, the port announced that talks had been completed, some concessions were made and the program was underway. The port decision is supported in BC. Truck Association.

"Force all Canadians to meet BC assets to fully paid truck drivers. In terms of safety, emissions and opacity levels, the standards of commercial activity are primarily There are penalties for groups originating in South Asia, "Shin said.

He also emphasized the increase in coal exports at Vancouver Port, stating that it is producing far more emissions than member trucks. rice field.

In a previous interview, Port Land Management Officer Greg Rogge said Postmedia UTA members were invited to the talks but did not participate. He said the port will extend the deadline from 10 to 12 years, allowing drivers to continue to use old trucks while waiting for new vehicles to be delivered.

He said the port did not intend to cancel the program.

As of September 15, the requirements are only affected by 16 trucks, according to information provided by the port authorities. In the next 12 months, 271 trucks operated by independent truck owners will need to be replaced.

According to the port website, old diesel cars are an important source of particulate matter in the Metro Vancouver area. "There are still some very old container trucks servicing the Port of Vancouver, some more than 20 years old," said Fact Sheet.

This program aims to support "safer and more reliable trucks and cleaner air for our community".

By reducing particulate matter, carcinogenic air pollutants, and nitrogen by 80%, it is expected to significantly reduce air emissions from "port-related trucking activities" in the region. I am. 2.5% reduction in oxides, smog-forming contaminants, and carbon dioxide.

According to the port, about 80% of the trucks servicing the port are already compliant.

Using files by Lynn Mitges and David Carrigg

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