Port to introduce industry-leading container truck safety and environmental standards



    VANCOUVER, April 30 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) today
announced that it would introduce more rigorous and demanding container truck
safety and environmental standards by July 2007. The VPA also registered its
support for ongoing container truck inspections and called on its
transportation industry partners to implement tougher inspection standards.
    "Recent safety inspection results confirm the container trucking industry
in the Lower Mainland needs to take a serious look at how it manages safety
standards," said Chris Badger, Vancouver Port Authority Vice President,
Customer Development & Operations.
    During a three-day safety inspection conducted by Delta Police and the
British Columbia Ministry of Transportation along Deltaport Way last week, 250
container trucks were singled out for inspection and 114 failed safety
standards.
    "These results are unacceptable to the port authority, to the communities
in which we operate, and to the trucking industry as a whole," said Badger.
"The VPA is putting the operators of unsafe container trucks on notice here:
substandard equipment will not be allowed on port property."
    In January 2007, the VPA implemented a new trucking policy that
introduced new and more rigorous licensing, audit and enforcement provisions
that apply to container trucks and container truck operations at the Port of
Vancouver.
    "Our container trucking license agreement currently requires that
licensees comply with existing environmental and safety laws, regulations and
standards," said Badger. "But we want to go beyond that. We want our licensees
to exceed existing standards."
    The Port of Vancouver is the only major North American port that operates
a container truck licensing system.
    "The VPA's commitment to develop a more stable model for the container
trucking sector includes initiating vigorous licensing provisions to address
environmental and safety standards and to restrict the access of substandard
trucks on port property," said Badger. "We're working to make sure that our
Truck Licensing System reflects how seriously we take our safety and
environmental responsibilities."
    In addition to enhancing its container truck licensing system, the VPA
will continue to work with the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA),
the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation's Commercial Vehicle Safety
Enforcement unit and ICBC's AirCare On Road (ACOR) program to raise safety and
environmental standards and awareness in the trucking sector.

    The Port of Vancouver is Canada's flagship port, trading $53 billion in
goods with more than 100 trading economies annually. Port activities generate
69,200 jobs in total with $4 billion in Gross Domestic Product and $8.9
billion in economic output.





For further information:

For further information: contact: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications & Public Affairs, Tel: (604) 665-9069, Fax: 1-866-284-4271,
email: anne.mcmullin@portvancouver.com; or for additional information about
Port Vancouver, contact: 1-888-PORTVAN (767-8826) or email us at:
public_affairs@portvancouver.com

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