BC truckers decry new rules banning older trucks

BC truckers decry new rules banning older trucks

Jason Pires

Truckers in British Colombia are pushing back against new regulations that will prohibit anyone using a truck older than 10 years from accessing the Port of Vancouver. The union has warned this legislation will cause significant problems.

While the Port of Vancouver says more than 80% of vehicles that use the port are already in compliance with the new requirements, having 20% trucks off the road could cause “major problems.” The western director of Unifor warned about the potential absence of trucks on the road.

Speaking to Global News, Gavin McGarrigle stated:

“If you take out a couple of hundred trucks right now while you have all these supply chain disruptions and vessels in the harbour, that’s just going to make a bad situation even worse. It’s easy to be green when you’re green with someone else’s money. In this case, the Port of Vancouver wants a pat on the back for being green, but the cost falls squarely on truck drivers at a time of inflation, supply chain crunches and a real shortage of trucks.”

Truckers are calling on the Federal government to intervene. If the federal government fails to intervene, this could soon spell the end of a lot of truckers’ jobs.

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