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Truckers Protest Lengthy Wait Times At Port Of Virginia At $350 Per Plate Event


Truckers were forced to protest outside a Norfolk Marriott housing a “congestion symposium” for Port of Virginia executives yesterday because they could not afford to attend the $350 per plate event.

One of the signs held by a trucker outside the port perfectly summed up their argument: “We deserve to get paid for the work we perform. End the long lines.”

Long wait times at the Port of Virginia have been a problem for months. On-site reporters asked Virginia Maritime Association representative David White after the symposium what solutions they had discussed, but he declined to comment.

Truckers, on the other hand, outlined a clear series of actions to help ease congestion at the Port of Virginia.

  1. Truckers say the Port could improve efficiency with by making no empty moves on cranes.
  2. Drivers say that the Port should invest in more chassis.
  3. Truckers also want to do away with the recently implemented “final checkout” procedure, which they say is an unnecessary and time-consuming step.



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