Rolling Truck Age Program
Given that 2021 was an exceptionally tough year for the province, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced it will not enact its Rolling Truck Age Program — an initiative that would prohibit older, more polluting diesel trucks from entering its facilities.
Designed in 2015
The Port Authority’s Rolling Truck Age Program, created in 2015, was designed to be phased into existence on February 1, 2022.
NOx and Particulate Matter
The purpose of the Rolling Truck Age Program was to ban trucks older than 10 years from accessing its facilities. Doing so would reduce hazardous emissions on Port property comprised of NOx and particulate matter that have been identified as having a negative impact on the local environment.
80 Percent Already Compliant
The silver lining in the postponing of this environmental rollout is that the Port estimates that almost 80 per cent of the vehicles that enter its gates today are already compliant with the new directive. In actual numbers, this means that approximately 350 trucks entering their gates would be considered too old to be compliant with the Port’s new standards. Despite this, these older trucks would still meet existing provincial and federal regulations that govern emission standards.
Global Supply Chain – Chips
The global supply chain disruption of 2020 and 2021 caused a global shortage of computer chips needed in the manufacturing of heavy-duty trucks in North American plants. The lack of new heavy trucks available in the market also affected the Port’s decision to delay implementing the Rolling Truck Age Program.
Elaine Allan, BA, MBA
Technology & Business Blogger
Vancouver, BC, Canada