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Truck driver at Port of Vancouver warns of strike about changes to future bans on old rigs

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The Canadian Press

Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — The United Truckers Association states that its members have voted in favor of job hunting at the Port of Vancouver in protest of a program that forces the phasing out of old trucks.

According to a statement from the association, 639 members voted to support actions that could "create a shock wave across Canada's already vulnerable supply chain."

A program aimed at banning old trucks from the port is scheduled to begin in September, but the association states that the plan will impose devastating costs on drivers.

According to a statement, the port will phase out all trucks over the age of 20, even the most commercially licensed trucks elsewhere in British Columbia. Do not discuss about. Do not face similar measures.

Association spokesman Gagan Singh agreed that members would consult with the port in July, but were closed in August if aging trucks were banned. He says he will "advance".

The port said last month that the program aims to improve air quality throughout Metro Vancouver and is scheduled to begin in February, but Federal Transport Minister Omar Argabra said. Ordered further negotiations.

According to a statement from the Association, Argabra has been silent since then, and the port has reintroduced the so-called Rolling Truck Age Program without substantial changes.

“Ministers need to offer a different approach in the coming weeks,” says Shin.

Details on possible work behaviors will be released later this month, the statement said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 5, 2022.