Port Metro Vancouver said last week it has created a plan to make drayage trucking more efficient and reliable.
The "Smart Fleet" program includes funding the installation of global positioning system (GPS) units in drayage trucks.
The government plans to invest $300,000 to install 700 GPS units in trucks calling the port's terminals. That will boost the number of GPS-equipped trucks from 300 to 1,000, or about half the local drayage fleet.
The port said increasing the number of trucks with GPS transponder units "will provide an even more accurate, real-time
base of data enabling greater insight to routing, operational and
congestion information. The data collected will allow supply chain
participants to better plan for their operations" and reduce pollution.
Other parts of the initiative include:
- Research jointly funded by the port, industry and government "to identify technology-based solutions to improve sustainability."
- Creation of a "Container Drayage Leadership Team" to provide a forum for terminal operators and industry leaders to work openly to solve drayage challenges.
- A Container Vessel On-time Incentive Program to encourage container vessel operators to arrive on schedule and thereby contribute to overall supply chain consistency.
- A Truck Licensing System review that will lead to enhanced performance, safety and environmental standards.
- Container capacity improvement projects on area roads and railways. - Chris Dupin