Canada: The British Columbia provincial government and Port Metro Vancouver have put together $1.71 million to outfit Port’s remaining container truck fleet with GPS technology.
GPS technology in every TLS-approved truck will give insight to routing and operational information to help manage congestion and wait times. The data is also necessary to carry out the Joint Action Plan, in terms of having a common reservation system, and for determining wait time fees.
Under the program, about 50 percent of the trucks approved in the port’s Truck Licensing System (TLS) were outfitted with GPS transponder units between 2012 and 2013. The remaining TLS-approved trucks will be outfitted with GPS units as part of the new initiative, to be completed by July 2014.
The funding needed to outfit the balance of the licensed truck fleet with GPS technology will be split among Transport Canada, which will give $855,000, Port Metro Vancouver, which will give $595,000, and the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, which will give $260,000. The total cost of the program, which started in 2013, is more than $2.5 million.
But once completed, Port Metro Vancouver will be the only port in North America to have a full truck fleet using GPS-monitoring, which will contribute to reducing the number and length of truck trips at the port.
Source: Today’s Trucking