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Container trucking commissioner appointed

By BCShippingNews 05 February 2015
President of BC Maritime Employers Association to assume new responsibilities...
The Province has appointed BCMEA President Andy Smith to the position of container trucking commissioner to support better working conditions for container truckers and to ensure efficient and reliable operations at Port Metro Vancouver.

Andy Smith, in his role as president and chief executive officer of the BC Maritime Employers Association, has been integral to advancing B.C. and Canada's economic interests in the Asia Pacific Gateway by building productive relationships between the shipping lines, terminals and their unions. Mr. Smith has previously concluded two historic eight-year collective agreements on the waterfront, which have greatly improved Canada and B.C.’s Asia Pacific Gateway's international reputation for reliability.

When appointed, Mr. Smith will support the mandate of ensuring long-term stability in the sector by:
  • Assuming responsibility for all Truck Licencing System licences in place following the licence reform undertaken by Port Metro Vancouver.
  • Establishing, and then consulting with an Industry Advisory Committee on issues relevant to the sector,
  • Setting any future rates moving forward based on consultations with industry and the Industry Advisory Committee,
  • Having oversight of the Whistle-blower line, investigations and enhanced auditing and enforcement.

Mr. Smith will remain as CEO of the BCMEA while acting as Commissioner. For more information, visit: www.bcmea.com