VANCOUVER, B.C. – A pair of pilot programs will move forward to help
productivity outcomes for the drayage sector and improve gateway
Following collaboration between the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority,
Transport Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and
Infrastructure, and the Office of the B.C. Container Trucking
Commissioner (OBCCTC), the programs were effective June 1 and will run
to Dec. 31.
The programs include the normalization of truck reservation fees at
$35 for all appointments at GCT Deltaport and GCT Vanterm, as well as
pre-gate operational efficiencies for truckers at GCT Deltaport.
The normalized truck reservation fee pilot program is aimed at
increasing productivity within a driver’s operating hours, providing
operational autonomy to trucking companies, improving capacity
utilization, and mitigating barriers for increased double-ended
Container truck drivers will also no longer be required to enter
their appointment number when arriving at the GCT Deltaport vehicle
access control system gate for the duration of the pilot program, as the
practice has been identified as redundant.
“Reduced idling and truck trips on lower mainland roads translate to
reduced road congestion and lower overall emissions in the Vancouver
Gateway,” said Peter Xotta, vice-president of planning and operations at
the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “Our joint efforts will go a long
way to supporting livability in our region.”
B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) president and CEO Dave Earle said he is eager to hear feedback on the pilot programs.
“Our goal is to advance the stability and efficiency of the drayage
sector,” said Earle. “We will be closely examining data from the trials
to inform improved outcomes for our members.”
“Our truck reservation and extended night gate program maximizes the
use of the existing port infrastructure,” added Eric Waltz, president of
GCT Canada. “By piloting this next iteration in our reservation system,
we are responding to the drayage community’s request to increase
operational flexibility, and seek to eliminate bunching at the start of
night gate shifts caused previously by the differentiated rates.”