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Container Truckers Protest Port Metro Vancouver’s Licensing Decisions

(Frank Luba – The Province)

Trucker Jurjit Dulay was protesting Wednesday because he’s out of work — along with about 600 other drivers, as well as mechanics and staff, of the companies that didn’t qualify to work at Port Metro Vancouver under a new licensing deal that takes effect Feb. 1.

The names of the companies that qualify under the Truck Licensing System were only released Friday. Just 68 firms were approved instead of the previous 200 and only 1,450 ‘tags’ for trucks were granted, surprising the about 600 drivers that are going to be looking for work outside the port.

“Over 1,000 families are suffering today,” said Dulay, as he took a break from leading a fleet of protesting trucks around Canada Place. About 200 trucks participated in the protest, which came out of a meeting of industry members Tuesday in Surrey. Click here to read more.