01/31/2015 09:05 EST | Updated 04/02/2015 05:59 EDT

B.C. truckers stage protest over new Port Metro Vancouver licensing rules

SURREY, B.C. - B.C. truckers staged a protest on Saturday against new licensing rules at Port Metro Vancouver.

They say more than 600 truckers and office staff will lose their jobs because of the new requirements.

Owners and operators were required to apply to the Port for a license, but a number of them were rejected.

Paul Dhaliwal owns and operates a trucking company and says he wants the Port to negotiate with truckers to find a better solution.

He says the port rejected his application for a license without telling him what he could change to be approved.

Hundreds, including truckers' families and their children, attended the afternoon rally in Surrey. (CKNW/News1130)