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Project looks to get truckers through Pac Highway faster

WHITE ROCK (NEWS1130) – The hope is to fast track semi-trucks into the US.

There is a new pilot project aimed at speeding things up for truckers at the Pacific Highway border crossing.

The plan is for big rigs heading south will drive through a pre-clearance area before hitting the border.

Louise Yako with the BC Trucking Association says it should be good for her members — many of whom are used to lengthy waits.

“If the inspections occur prior to trucks reaching the border there might be efficiencies in terms of the time that trucks actually take to get through border.”

Reducing the time drivers spend in line could mean cost savings for businesses.

As she says it won’t cut down the wait for crossborder travelers but could lead to lower prices for shoppers on both sides of the border.

BC’s Transportation Minister Mary Polak says time is money. “For people who are running trucks that deliver freight and so that anytime that you can speed up their transit across the border, you are then giving them a lower price point which eventually gets passed on to consumers.”