New Environmental standards for port-bound container trucks will reduce emissions and have an immediate impact on air quality and public health in the densely populated Lower Mainland, according to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA).
Effective August 1, all trucks registered in VFPA’s Truck Licensing System are required to have either a diesel oxidation catalyst or diesel particulate filter installed in order to gain access to port facilities. There are currently approximately 1,750 trucks performing around 30,000 container trips weekly and most trucks in the system are already compliant. Since the August 1 deadline, around 100 trucks that were in the Truck Licensing System are no longer permitted to access port facilities.
These new requirements will reduce emissions of diesel particulate matter by approximately 20 per cent. In 2008, the Port of Vancouver became the first port in Canada to implement comprehensive environmental requirements to reduce air emissions from container trucks.