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Port Truck Licensing Rollout Gets Rough Ride

(Business in Vancouver)

A suite of measures designed to fix troubled labour relations at Vancouver’s port has instead stirred up acrimony and threats of legal action.

“This has clearly been a rushed process, and … that’s why they ran such a profoundly flawed process,” said Lisa Martz, a lawyer with Gundmundseth Mickelson who is representing several trucking companies.

On January 23, Port Metro Vancouver released the list of companies it had awarded licences to, according to its revamped truck licence system. The changes reduced the number of trucks in the fleet.

The measure was intended to reduce persistent undercutting in the industry, which has eroded trucker wages. In March 2014, truckers went on strike for a month to protest low wages and long wait times at terminals. Click here to read more.