Trucking policy outlined for Port of Vancouver

| 12/4/2006

New regulations are taking shape in the Canadian West Coast port of Vancouver.

The Vancouver Port Authority is introducing new licensing, audit procedures and enforcement provisions for container trucks and all truck operators in the port.

The provisions mirror a federal government decision to enact new regulations at British Columbia's lower mainland ports.

A port authority official said in a statement that the reason for the provisions is to increase stability and to avoid undercutting as companies compete for contracts.

Trucking companies are to apply for new licensing agreements under the regulations, but existing licenses are valid through Jan. 15, 2007, according to the port authority.

The authority will restrict licenses to container companies at the ports that use company-owned equipment and employee drivers.

New policies also call for trucking companies that don't frequent the lower mainland ports for 90 consecutive days to lose their licenses.