Commercial Vehicles

Information regarding heavy commercial vehicles.

VIDEO - Log Truck Rollover and Seatbelt Safety

video iconThis video was produced by the Trucking Advisory Group of the BC Forest Safety Council. The introduction states "Log truck driver, Adrian Sunduk, shares his story of how a seat belt saved his life. Before attending an Anatomy of a Rollover session, he had never worn a seat belt off highway because he had always planned to jump out of the truck if ever he got into a situation … See what convinced him that he was wrong and how wearing a seat belt saved his life."

Q&A - Written Trip Inspection Requirements for Mini Bus

Q&A ImageI drive a mini bus for our seniors home. It has space or 6 ambulatory and 8 wheelchair passengers. Is there a requirement for us to have a written report of our Pre and Post trip inspections?

Beware of Heavy Truck No Zones

Truck TractorI first wrote about drivers whose behaviour in the "no zone" around heavy trucks left much to be desired back in 2004. Little seems to have changed since then as when I listen to the trucking radio channels the most common complaint involves drivers who jam themselves in front of a truck and then slow down. There are many possible outcomes to this scenario when it goes wrong; the trucker is able to swerve out of the way and nothing happens, the trucker swerves out of the way and harms themselves or perhaps the trucker chooses to maintain course and harms the foolish driver.

RESOURCE - National Safety Code for Carriers

New BC LogoCommercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) is now hosting an on line training course for commercial carriers to assist with National Safety Code (NSC) compliance. The course consists of five modules:

Q&A - 4 Wheeler Gripe

Q&A ImageI'm a semi truck driver and I've been cut off so many times by passenger vehicles racing around me to take an off ramp. They pull in front and hit their brakes. It's been close a couple times to the point I'm going to buy a dashcam to protect myself.

NEWS - Is Uber Coming to British Columbia?

New BC LogoThe news agencies are busily discussing the possibility of Uber becoming active in Vancouver. Uber is a way to make money with your vehicle by sharing rides in your vehicle with people willing to pay less than taxi fare to you. You sign up as a driver with Uber and the Uber app puts people seeking a ride in touch with you via smart phone. A simple way to earn cash? Not in BC.

Q&A - Experience Required to get a Commercial Driver's Licence?

Q&A ImageI just want to know in order to get commercial driver's license In bc how much driving experience you need.

Q&A - Written Pre-Trip & Log Book

Q&A ImageDoes a vehicle with GVWR 14968 kgs require the driver to maintain a pre-trip/post-trip inspection and a daily log book?  This flat bed truck is not equipped with air brakes and only requires a class 5 licence to drive.  At times, it may be used to travel approx. 120 km (round trip) in the greater Vancouver area.

CASE LAW - R v Brink's Canada Limited

BC Courts Coat of ArmsAlthough this is an older case, dating from 2005, it is an interesting one. Brink's Canada managed to accrue some 101 parking tickets, likely in relation to their armoured car service within the City of Vancouver.

Q&A - Reporting Jake Brake Violators

Q&A ImageVirtually all city and municipalities have laws regarding the use of Air Brake use in residential areas. 

However, as usual, there is very little enforcement being done. Truck drivers either drive too fast or they've grown accustomed to use of Air Brakes with no regard for anyone but themselves. I hear and see this happening all the time in residentail arterial routes. 

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