THE United Truckers Association of BC (UTA) is applauding B.C. Federal Court Judge Robert Barnes’ decision of last week that has deemed the Port of Metro Vancouver’s (PMV) Truck Licensing System (TLS), at its core, unfair, as it lacks both transparency and any sort of appeals process.
“The United Truckers Association of BC thanks Justice Barnes for his speedy decision, allowing men and women who have worked lawfully in this industry for decades to return to their jobs,” said Gagan Singh, spokesperson for the UTA. “PMV’s rules were enacted without any consultation and were rightly deemed completely unfair. This decision allows truckers who have scored high on the Port’s Point System an opportunity to obtain a license.”
In his judgment, Barnes stated, “I have concluded that PMV’s evaluation model was procedurally deficient and profoundly unfair… I do not believe that any fair-minded person examining the history of what took place behind PMV’s closed doors would find this practice to be fair or acceptable.”
Truckers in BC will once again be able to support their families and will be able to operate on the Port as they have for decades. The UTA thanked all of their members and their families for their patience and support, as BC’s truckers are finally able to get back to work.
The United Truckers Association of BC seeks to resolve driver issues at all the terminals while working within the framework of Port Metro Vancouver, terminal operators and government officials. The UTA does not represent all the truck drivers and has both union and non-union truckers as members. The UTA’s long-range goal is to work with unions, importers, exporters, and terminal personnel to create a more efficient supply chain, which does not put the burden on any one entity.