Truckers using the Port Mann Bridge won't be offered any new relief from tolls other than the half-price evenings and overnight discount they already have.

No new break on Port Mann Bridge tolls for truckers, province decides

Officials considered unlimited monthly pass for big rigs, but now rule that out

There won’t be any special Christmas present for truckers who use the tolled Port Mann Bridge.

Transportation Investment Corp. officials have decided against offering any further reform to the tolls to provide a break to big rigs.

They had been considering offering truckers a monthly pass similar to the one for regular cars that would give them unlimited use for a flat fee.

“There will be no change for trucks,” TI Corp. spokesman Greg Johnson said.

Talk of changes came in the fall after New Westminster councillors called for lower Port Mann truck tolls so fewer trucks divert to the free Pattullo Bridge and congest their streets.

Heavy trucks will continue to pay $9 per crossing.

Unlike regular vehicles, most of which still have a half price discount on their $3 tolls until Jan. 1, there was no early adoption incentive for trucks.

But Johnson noted truckers do have a permanent 50 per cent toll discount if they use the bridge at night.

He said trucks going between Langley and Vancouver are already saving 30 minutes  in travel time after the new bridge opened.

That time saving climbs to one hour as the rest of the newly built lanes west of the bridge open by Christmas, he said, adding the cost savings from reaching destinations sooner will exceed what they spend on the toll.

Johnson said truck traffic on the Port Mann is up 25 per cent from December of last year.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Science World brings vibrant, visual demos to Chilliwack schools this week

Science World’s On The Road team will be visiting nine schools in the Chilliwack School District

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2

PHOTOS: Chilliwack junior roller derby team celebrates long-awaited win over Seattle

NWO Junior Roller Derby hosted two games on the weekend against the Seattle Derby Brats

Violin meets piano in The Red Violin at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Jasper Wood joins the Bergmann Duo for an intimate morning concert in Chilliwack

Bold and brazen singer Begonia brings colourful show to Tractorgrease in Chilliwack

The musician from Winnipeg is equally comfortable singing lullabies, headbangers and ballads

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Henderson at the Chilliwack SPCA

Henderson, also known as Biggy, has FIV, a virus similar to HIV in humans

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

Man clings to roof of car driving along busy road in Maple Ridge

The man was also seen jumping on the vehicle

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Most Read