Port of Vancouver to ‘slightly’ delay ban on trucks over 10 years old

Truckers driving vehicles over 10 years old will not be banned from the Port of Vancouver next month as originally planned.

The Rolling Truck Age program, which was intended to help the port meet its climate goals, was due to come into effect Feb. 1, but provoked a backlash from the trucking industry.

“We have recently heard concerns about the start date of our program from industry and Transport Canada, and we recognize that the pandemic, recent flooding and ongoing global supply chain issues may have created short-term challenges for people looking to purchase compliant products. trucks,” Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Vice President Duncan Wilson said in a statement.

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“So we’re postponing our program start date slightly, to provide additional time and engagement opportunities for the industry, and hopefully alleviate some of these challenges.”

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Wilson said the port authority would provide more details about the delay in the coming days.

According to the port, limiting access to vehicles 10 years old or younger would have reduced fleet particulate emissions by 93%. He said 80% of vehicles serving the port already complied with the policy.

The Port of Vancouver says it warned industry in 2015 that the policy would come into effect this year.

Truckers said the high cost and limited availability of newer vehicles would have prevented many of them from upgrading, and thus either out of a job or unable to work in the port.

With 20% of trucks still non-compliant and few opportunities to upgrade, Unifor said the policy would have resulted in the loss of hundreds of trucks serving the port, further exacerbating already significant problems in Colombia’s supply chain. -British.

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