The new requirements are part of VPA’s response to last summers withdrawal of services by most lower mainland container truckers. According to the Authority, the changes have been implemented to improve the flow of container truck traffic on lower mainland roads, reduce wait times at truck gates, reinforce safe driver behavior and reduce emissions.
One of the major new provisions of the licensing process is mandatory participation in and compliance with VPA’s container terminal reservation systems. Too, operators are required to take advantage of extended hours of operation at terminal truck gates.
Other mandate requirements include participation in VPA’s truck monitoring and vehicle location program, disclosure of and sharing of vehicle and driver safety data, enhanced environmental and safety standards and compliance with designated truck routes.
“Easing congestion at terminal gates will reduce air pollution caused by idling trucks,” says Captain Gordon Houston, president and CEO of the VPA. “Spreading truck movements out over the course of a longer operating period will reduce road congestion and make better use of expensive transportation infrastructure. And, requiring trucks to adhere to established truck routes will help address community safety and noise concerns.”