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Controversial plan to ban older trucks from Vancouver port delayed again

A controversial program to ban diesel-powered trucks more than 12 years old from accessing the Port of Vancouver has been postponed again.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Rolling Truck Age Program was originally scheduled to go into effect on February 1, 2022, but has been postponed twice due to opposition from the trucking industry.

The port says the program has been underway for more than a decade and aims to reduce emissions from older and less efficient vehicles.More than 85% of trucks are already in the new program, according to port authorities. Compliant with

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The program, which was postponed until April 3, 2023 in September, announced Thursday that it will be postponed for at least another nine months “given the current economic situation and ongoing pandemic-related issues.”

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“For the foreseeable future, we will be reviewing new technologies, as well as federal and state fleet greening programs,” the port authority said in a media release.

“We are reassessing our emissions reduction strategies to move forward in ways that best achieve the objectives of the Truck Licensing System, which allows trucking companies and their trucks to service the Port of Vancouver’s maritime container terminals. I intend to assure you that

The agency added it would continue to consult with the trucking and shipping industries, governments and indigenous peoples “to improve its approach going forward.”

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The program has faced opposition from the federal Conservative opposition, and last week four Vancouver-area Liberal MPs called on Federal Transport Minister Omar Al-Ghabra to intervene.

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The latest delay has been celebrated by the National Trucking Association, which has accused Port of being “hypocritical.”

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The port claims the program will reduce emissions equivalent to 200,000 cars on the road, according to the association, but if it continues to export coal and burn it, 25 million will be cut. It is said that emissions equivalent to 100,000 cars will be generated.

The remaining 98% of commercial vehicles on public roads are subject to various pollution standards that are based on emissions rather than age, he added.

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“The Rolling Truck Age Program represents a huge injustice targeting container truck drivers compared to all other commercial operators and we are working with the Port of Vancouver and the government to find a fairer alternative. We are anxious to find you,” UTA spokesperson Gagan Singh told the media. release.

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“We will actively participate in the upcoming debates and fully engage in the ongoing debate by providing concrete solutions to improve air quality while ensuring equal and fair treatment for all container carriers. join.”

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