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Installation of GPS units on 100% of the local port-approved container trucks now complete

As of June 16, 2014, 100% of the local container trucks operating at Port Metro Vancouver marine container terminals are now outfitted with GPS transponders, which will allow for an unprecedented ability to manage truck logistics. This also makes Port Metro Vancouver the only port in North America to have GPS units on the entire local port fleet. Read more…

2014 Joint Action Plan - Update on Progress

July 10, 2014 – Joint Action Plan Update

June 30, 2014 - Technical clarification regarding terminal reservation charges

June 20, 2014 -  Letter to all approved TLS License and Permit holders regarding launch of the whistleblower program and reminders

June 20, 2014 – Statement - Port Metro Vancouver completes installation of GPS units on all local port-approved container trucks
June 13, 2014 - Statement from federal and provincial transport ministers regarding status of Joint Action Plan

June 12, 2014 - Government of Canada announces funding to improve trucking efficiency at Canada's busiest port

June 4, 2014 - Letter to TLS License and Permit holders regarding Container Truck Dispute Resolution Office contact information 

May 29, 2014 - Letter to TLS License and Permit holders regarding terminal wait time payment
May 22, 2014 - Statement: Port Metro Vancouver welcomes the opportunity to implement recommended approach to wait times

May 20, 2014 – Letter to TLS license and permit holders announcing wait time payment process

May 16, 2014 – Letter to TLS full-service operators warning of audits in the face of rate noncompliance

May 2, 2014 - Media Release - Joint Action Plan moves forward with expedited container truck GPS program

May 2, 2014 - Container Trucking 101: Who are the stakeholders

May 2, 2014 - Joint Action Plan - Frequently Asked Questions

Drayage Steering Committee's Joint Action Plan – Technical Clarifications

On March 26, 2014, the provincial government and truckers agreed to a plan to change the trucking industry and improve working conditions. Port Metro Vancouver has made significant headway in addressing the action items that fall within our jurisdiction.

Wheels in Motion

Container trucking on Canada’s West Coast is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years. We are making significant investments to maximize efficiency and increase capacity. While interprovincial trucking falls under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Port Metro Vancouver actively works with the province, terminals and to support success in the Gateway.

In 2014 we have doubled our efforts, accelerating existing programs and launching new initiatives to help bring greater stability and sustainable growth to the container trucking sector.

Smart Fleet: Monitor. Measure. Improve.

On February 21, 2013, Port Metro Vancouver announced the Smart Fleet trucking strategy, the three year action plan to achieve excellence in the local container trucking sector. Smart Fleet is a plan that is guiding the work with industry and government to drive performance, accountability and sustainability within container trucking.

Through work with industry partners to improve efficiency and reliability, Smart Fleet builds on several initiatives already underway: including GPS monitoring, Truck Licensing System reform and environmental programs to reduce truck emissions.

Benefits of Smart Fleet:

  • Through expanded use of GPS, track and communicate important routing, operational and congestion information with vehicle operators in real-time i.e. incident management
  • Provide easy tracking so terminal operators can pay drivers for wait times
  • Validate turn time (gate in/gate out) and wait time at the terminal.
  • Port Metro Vancouver, industry and government are jointly funding research, through the Clean Transportation Initiative, to identify technology-based solutions to improve sustainability.
  • Container Drayage Leadership Team (CDLT) provides a forum for terminal operators and industry leaders to work openly to solve drayage challenges.
  • Container capacity improvement projects continue with the Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project and the South Shore Corridor Project.

Key Components of Smart Fleet:

  • Truck Efficiency Program (GPS)

    In June 2014, GPS installation of the entire approved fleet of port-licensed trucks was completed. This is a first for North American ports and provides an unparalleled ability to track truck movement, allowing terminal operators and Port Metro Vancouver to boost efficiency by decreasing congestion and adding transparency into the supply chain. Wait time fees can also more effectively be paid to truck operators by the terminals.  

  • Truck Licensing System (TLS) and Requirements
    All container access port container terminals must hold a valid TLS. As part of the 2014 Joint Action Plan, reform of the TLS is underway.

    Important TLS environmental requirements remain unchanged.

  • Common Data Interface (CDI) and Reservation System
    Working with Transport Canada and the independent terminal operating companies, we are developing a real-time platform to help terminals and container trucking service providers move more efficiently through the gateway by better management of scheduling and reservation at the terminals.

  • Container Drayage (Movement) Initiative
    As a member of the Leadership Team, we are working to identify supply chain-impediments and find commercially-viable solutions. This strategic decision-making effort is supported by a sophisticated modelling tool.
    • Phase I – Container terminal modelling completed in 2013
    • Phase II – Model expanded to all gateway container trucking activity including “off-dock” moves


Real Time Communications (Twitter)
In 2013 we took to Twitter to better communicate with the trucking community, establishing the @PMVOps account to share real-time rail crossing information to interested dispatchers and truckers.

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