VANCOUVER, June 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, and the Honourable Todd Stone, British Columbia's Minister
of Transportation and Infrastructure, issued a joint statement today
noting progress on the Joint Action Plan of March 26, 2014, to achieve
stability in the Port Metro Vancouver trucking industry.
"A great deal has been accomplished over the past two months, such as increases to the rates to be paid to truckers. However, we remain very concerned about the consistent application of
these rates and will not hesitate to take action to ensure compliance
with the Joint Action Plan. As an immediate measure, the provincial
audit program is being strengthened and targeted investigations are
"While we are actively working on rate compliance, the Action Plan also
includes measures to reduce wait times at the port. In response, the
port marine terminals are extending their hours and the container truck GPS installation project aimed at reducing congestion and wait times at the port is already near
completion. While these are all positive steps, it is imperative that,
taken together, they work for everyone impacted. We have asked our
officials to continue to work with the port terminals and drayage
community to make sure these steps improve port productivity and do not
result in a download of costs to the truckers that make this sector
such a success. Pivotal to this progress has been advisor Vince Ready.
His recent recommendations on implementing key elements of the Joint Action Plan were accepted
without hesitation by our governments, Port Metro Vancouver and other
"And more is to come. We are pleased to announce that Mr. Ready will
also continue his work for an additional 90 days to ensure progress
continues and that necessary steps are taken to achieve long-term
stability at the port. More specifically, Mr. Ready will be asked to
provide additional recommendations on further measures to address
trucker remuneration including for off-dock container movements. Any
advice and recommendations made by Mr. Ready will be taken very
seriously by our governments.
"The Joint Action Plan was ambitious, but we are committed to ensuring
Canada's busiest port and critical part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway is
able to move marine containers efficiently and build on its global
reputation for outstanding service to users."
PROGRESS UPDATE ON JOINT ACTION PLAN
The Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, Port Metro
Vancouver and other partners have been collectively implementing an
action plan to ensure the stability of container truck operations at
the port since March 26, 2014.
To date, the following actions have been taken:
Commitment: Unifor and the United Truckers Association promised truckers would
immediately return to work upon acceptance of the Joint Action Plan.
Status: Completed - The port has returned to full operation.
Commitment: Immediately upon resumption of normal trucking operations, Port Metro
Vancouver promised to rescind license suspensions.
Status: Completed - Port Metro Vancouver delivered on this commitment immediately after
the release of the Joint Action Plan.
Commitment: All parties, including representatives from the unionized and
non-unionized trucking community, the terminals, Port Metro Vancouver,
and the Governments of Canada and British Columbia, committed to
forming a steering committee to monitor implementation of the Joint
Status: Completed and ongoing - A steering committee, chaired by the Government of Canada, has been
meeting weekly since late March 2014.
Commitment: The Government of Canada committed to increase trip rates by 12 percent
over the 2006 Ready Rates within 30 days of truckers' return to work.
Status: Completed and ongoing - The Government of Canada amended the Port Authorities Operations
Regulations to increase container trucking rates at Port Metro Vancouver by 12 percent, effective April 3, 2014. Companies in violation of their requirement to pay their drivers the
regulated rates/surcharges are being investigated and their licenses at
risk of termination.
Commitment: The Government of Canada committed to increase the fuel surcharge to be
paid to owner operator drivers.
Status: Completed - The Government of Canada amended the Port Authorities Operations
Regulations to double the fuel surcharge paid to truck owner operators.
Commitment: The Government of Canada and Port Metro Vancouver promised to expedite
the roll-out of the next phase of the GPS project to outfit the balance
of the trucking fleet with GPS technology.
Status: On track for early completion - The Governments of Canada and British Columbia, and Port Metro Vancouver
announced joint funding of $1.71 million on May 2, 2014, to expedite the outfitting of the
remainder of the container truck fleet that serve Port Metro Vancouver
terminals with GPS technology. Full GPS installation nearly completed.
Commitment: The Province of British Columbia promised to engage unions and their
certified employer companies regarding renewing collective agreements.
Status: Completed and ongoing - The Province of British Columbia is offering mediation to trucking
companies and unions whose collective agreements have expired.
Commitment: Port Metro Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia committed to
work together to provide a mechanism for reporting concerns related to
compliance with the Truck License System requirements.
Status: On track - A direct telephone line to the Dispute Resolution Program has been
established to allow complaints to be registered, with plans by Port
Metro Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia to further improve
this service with a full 24/7 toll-free number.
Commitment: The Province of British Columbia promised to strengthen its audit
Status: On track - The Province of British Columbia is expanding its audits of trucking
companies, and is responding to instances of non-compliance with
recommendations to the Port of Metro Vancouver for specific, severe
penalties for rate violators.
Commitment: The Governments of Canada and British Columbia, and Port Metro
Vancouver committed to rapidly reviewing and responding to any
recommendations made by advisor Vince Ready on the Action Plan.
Status: Completed and ongoing - On May 21, 2014, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia
immediately accepted recommendations made by advisor Vince Ready on steps to implement key elements of the Joint Action Plan. Any
further recommendations made by Mr. Ready will be seriously considered
by the Governments of Canada and British Columbia.
Commitment: Terminals and Port Metro Vancouver committed to rapidly implementing an
extended hours pilot project to respond to volumes forecasted.
Status: Completed - Night gate operations at the port (five days a week) were announced on May 27, 2014, by TSI
Terminal Systems Inc. and DP World Inc. The extended hours will come
into effect July 1, 2014.
Commitment: Terminal Gate Compliance Fee to be waived when excessive delays
encountered at a terminal.
Status: Completed - Port terminals have implemented this action.
Commitment: Port Metro Vancouver promised to establish a mechanism for directing the
Terminal Gate Efficiency Fee (i.e. Waiting Time Fee) to be paid to
Commitment: Port Metro Vancouver committed to consulting the trucking industry on
the restructuring of the Truck License System with the intent to start
implementing initial reforms quickly.
Status: Ongoing - Port Metro Vancouver held 14 consultations with the container
trucking industry, including a session with the United Truckers
Association and Unifor. Work will continue through the summer.
Commitment: Port Metro Vancouver, in consultation with terminals and trucking
stakeholders, promised to implement an enhanced common reservation
system by January 2015 to address concerns related to the current
Status: On track - Port Metro Vancouver is working with stakeholders to develop and
implement this system. With the announcement of $3 million in federal funding, significant parts of the enhanced common reservation system are
expected to be in place before next year.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
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