Q&A - Tire Chains on Commercial Vehicles
Yesterday we drove up the Coquihalla from Hope, the plow trucks were doing a wonderful job on the highway but there was no care taken to plow out the chain-up pull-outs for commercial trucks. So now the trucks are all lined up along the right lane of the road, thus forcing regular traffic into one lane.
This may be ok except now a semi wants to start up the hill and realizes too late that the single set of chains he/she put on will not go and now stops the second lane until help arrives or more chains are installed. I don't mind being corrected here as I don't sit there observing all day but it appears that most of the truckers are trying to get by with only one set of single chains.
I thought that at one time they were illegal and triple chains were required and, clearly, on the Great Bear Snowshed nothing short of these triple chains, and possibly on both rear axles, will help keep the traffic moving. I would expect this of buses as well.
So now the next question is, why are the truckers not, at least it appears that they are not, being monitored and told they must put on the chains before they are across the highway blocking all traffic? Like maybe at the first pull-out.
I believe the commercial drivers need some help and support here with cleaning out the chain-up areas and making those areas larger to accommodate the volume of trucks hitting the hills.
Look forward to some correction/replies to this, thanks,