Truck Licensing System

All container trucking companies and their trucks desiring to serve the port’s marine container terminals must meet certain criteria to be eligible for an Access Agreement under the Truck Licensing System to gain access to the federally-owned port property. Criteria includes minimum truck age, safety and environmental requirements.

The Port of Vancouver was the first port in Canada with stringent environmental requirements for port container drayage trucks to reduce air emissions, implemented by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in 2008. The key environmental requirement for truck approval in Truck Licensing System target truck age restrictions.

For more information regarding container truck access at port facilities, contact us at 604.665.9333 or email [email protected].

Rolling Truck Age Program

The drayage sector is an important group that plays a key role in keeping the Port of Vancouver open and the supply chain moving. As part of our vision for the Port of Vancouver to be the world’s most sustainable port, we remain committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship and to advancing initiatives to achieve this vision. Protecting the environment and mitigating the impacts of trade activities in the communities in which the port operates is critical to our federal mandate as a Canada Port Authority.

Beginning on February 1, 2022, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is launching the Truck Licensing System (TLS) Rolling Truck Age Program. As of the effective date, this program will age out TLS truck models older than 10 years from the port authority’s Truck Licensing System. Developed in consultation with the trucking community and based on current best practice research, the port authority determined that a 10-year maximum truck age model will improve air quality and support cleaner, healthier communities in Metro Vancouver, while also helping to build a more reliable, stable, and socially responsible truck fleet serving the Port of Vancouver.

To aid in the transition during the first year of the program, existing non-conforming trucks in the TLS – 2011 model trucks and older – will be phased out on a monthly schedule, starting with the oldest. By June 1, 2022, subject to exceptions, only drayage trucks aged 2012 or newer will meet the program requirements and maintain eligibility for consideration as TLS approved vehicles.

The table below indicates when trucks will age out in 2022 based on model year and VIN number.

  Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 Phase 5
Truck model year 1994-2006 2007 2007 2008-2009 2010-2011

Age-out date

(no access to the port as of this date)

Feb 1, 2022 Mar 1, 2022 Apr 1, 2022 May 1, 2022 Jun 1, 2022
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ALL VIN ends with even number VIN ends with odd number ALL ALL

Moving forward, on February 1 of every year thereafter, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will disapprove non-conforming trucks from the TLS program that aged out of the program requirements in that year.

Truck exception application

In recognizing that some exceptions to the program may be warranted, the port authority is introducing a truck exception application process. This will allow TLS holders in good standing and with non-conforming trucks to apply for a conditional exception for those trucks that meet or exceed the port authority-established safety, environmental, and aesthetic standards of a TLS-compliant truck.

Beginning in late August, 2021, the port authority will review exception applications on a case-by-case basis. The last day to submit a complete application will be on December 14, 2021. Truck exception applications received during this time will require those trucks to meet or exceed the port authority-established safety, environmental and aesthetic standards of a TLS-compliant 2013 truck. We encourage applicants to submit their applications promptly to ensure that TLS participants have time to find an eligible replacement truck, if their application is unsuccessful.

Please direct any questions about the Rolling Truck Age Program and the truck exception application process to the TLS email [email protected].

Notifications

2021-08-24 – Notice to TLS Participants – Truck exception application
2021-06-17 Notice to Truck Licensing System Participants – Rolling Truck Age Program (English)
2021-06-17 Notice to Truck Licensing System Participants – Rolling Truck Age Program (Punjabi)
2019-07-16 General Notice – 2014 minimum truck requirement

Resources

Truck exception application guide and form [PDF]
Rolling Truck Age Program and exceptions – Frequently asked questions – English [PDF]
Rolling Truck Age Program and exceptions – Frequently asked questions – Punjabi [PDF]
Truck exception application – inspection parameters [PDF]
List of local drayage trucking carriers approved in Truck Licensing System to access port property [PDF]
List of long haul drayage trucking carriers approved in Truck Licensing System to access port property [PDF]