The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, and Port Metro Vancouver today announced joint funding of $1.71 million for an expedited initiative to outfit the remainder of the container truck fleet, approved to serve port terminals as part of Port Metro Vancouver’s Truck Licensing System (TLS), with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. This initiative aims to reduce congestion and wait times at Port Metro Vancouver.
The GPS Program, part of Port Metro Vancouver’s Smart Fleet Trucking Strategy, was expedited as part of the Joint Action Plan
. Under the program, approximately 50 per cent of the trucks approved in TLS were outfitted with GPS transponder units between 2012 and 2013. The remaining TLS-approved trucks will be outfitted with GPS units as part of the expedited initiative, to be completed by July 2014. GPS technology in every TLS-approved truck will provide a complete, accurate and real-time base of data enabling insight to routing and operational information to help manage congestion and wait times. This data is also essential for the full implementation of the Joint Action Plan, including for elements such as a common reservation system, and for determining wait time fees.
On March 26, 2014 the governments of Canada and British Columbia and Port Metro Vancouver reached agreement with members of the United Truckers Association and Unifor to end the 28-day work disruption at Port Metro Vancouver with the joint adoption of the refined Joint Action Plan to address truckers concerns. The plan provides 15 points for implementation, and provides a framework for long-term stability in the container trucking industry. All parties are working together with experienced mediator Vince Ready to implement the plan with input from key stakeholders. The expedited implementation of Port Metro Vancouver’s GPS Program represents one point in the progress of the Joint Action Plan.
“Our Government is committed to supporting Canadian exporters and creating new markets for Canadian products,” said The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. “That's why we are committed to implementing changes rapidly to bring stability to the industry, diminish wait times, and prevent disruptions in the future.”
“The Province recognizes that Port Metro Vancouver is one of the busiest ports in North America; keeping British Columbians working, our economy running, and goods moving across the country and through Canada’s Pacific Gateway”, said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “To date, the Province has invested over half a million dollars towards this program which will improve trucking operations at the port. We’ve already made progress on a number of points in the Joint Action Plan and this funding will help with the implementation of other commitments in the plan.”
“GPS technology will help manage congestion and wait times”, said Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Port Metro Vancouver “the completion of this program is an essential step in carrying out the Joint Action Plan, with the opportunity to transform the container trucking industry and make our port a world leader”.
Today’s round of funding required to outfit the balance of the licensed truck fleet with GPS technology will be split amongst three contributors, with Transport Canada providing $ 855,000, Port Metro Vancouver $ 595,000, and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure providing $ 260,000. This brings the total cost of the program, which started in 2013, to over $2.5 million. With the completion of this initiative Port Metro Vancouver will be the only port in North America to have a full truck fleet using GPS-monitoring, which will allow an unparalleled transparency in the supply chain and opportunity to manage container logistics, and will contribute to helping reduce the number and length of truck trips at the port.
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest port and trades $172 billion in goods annually with more than 160 trading economies, generating across Canada an estimated 100,000 jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP. For more information on Port Metro Vancouver’s truck related initiatives, please visit the trucking section of our website
For more information
Container Trucking Joint Action Plan – Progress Update
Joint Action Plan – Frequently Asked Questions
Background: Container Trucking 101: Understanding Industry Stakeholders
Real-time information on wait times at Port Metro Vancouver container terminals is available on our GPS Dashboard.
Historical data showing average wait times from 2012-2014 at Port Metro Vancouver Container Terminals is available here.
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