Commercial Vehicles

Information regarding heavy commercial vehicles.

CASE LAW - MacEachern v Rennie

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case decides liability after a collision between a cyclist and a large commercial truck. Christina MacEachern was riding or walking beside a bicycle along the King George Highway in Surrey, B.C. She was opposing traffic on the shoulder of the roadway which was narrow due to vehicles parked next to it. John Rennie was driving a truck tractor pulling a shipping container on a container trailer. As Rennie passed MacEachern she came into contact with the trailer and suffered a severe head injury that left her incapable of caring for herself.

PROGRAM - Driving for Better Business

Driving for Better BusinessDriving for Better Business is a national campaign sponsored by the Secretary of State for Transport.

NEWS - Use of Alternative Traction Devices

MOTI BannerIn January 2011 CVSE announced that an alternative to conventional tire chains was now being allowed in British Columbia for commercial vehicles. The bulletin said that the use of pneumatic automatically deployed tire chains for commercial vehicles will fulfill the requirements of section 208 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Yielding to a Bus

Bus Yield SignThe other day I was following a bus. He put on his four way flashers and pulled completely off the road into a bus stop, so I proceeded to pass. When I was beside the bus, he pulled out and I had to swerve to avoid a collision. They do have a yield sign on the back of the bus, but don't they have to re-enter traffic just like anyone else on the road?

CVSE - Guide to Livestock Hauling

MOTI BannerThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) branch as issued a publication titled "Your Guide to Livestock Hauling, An Overview of Trailer Licensing and Insurance." In addition to a discussion of licensing and insurance, the publication also provides information on how the National Safety Code applies to farm vehicle operations and whether or not a farm vehicle must report to weigh scales.

CVSE - BC Changes Stance on Slack Adjusters

Automatic Slack AdjusterIn Vehicle Safety and Standards Bulletin #03-10 dated September 24, 2010 Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) announces that a change in stance on automatic slack adjusters. Effective August 30, 2012 all air brake equipped vehicles built after May 31, 1996 must be equipped with automatic slack adjusters in order to pass provincial inspection.

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RESEARCH - Are Older Commercial Vehicle Drivers a Safety Risk?

Truck TractorCommercial Truck and Bus Safety Synthesis Program (CTBSSP) Synthesis 18: Older Commercial Drivers: Do They Pose a Safety Risk? explores age-related changes in the basic functional abilities needed to drive safely. The report is designed to help assist industry and labor practitioners in promoting safer commercial operations.

READING - The Road Safety Monitor, Large Trucks in Canada

TIRF New LogoMany Canadian drivers do not believe driver training programs for passenger vehicles provide adequate education about sharing the road with large trucks.

The survey conducted in September and October of 2009 found that 62.4% of respondents did not believe training is adequate. Another 20.2% of respondents simply answered they did not know whether training is adequate or not.

NEWS - Enhanced License Plate Removal

BC FlagB.C.'s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) has implemented a program aimed at removing commercial vehicles with serious equipment defects from our highways. The program applies to commercial vehicles with a GVW over 5,000 kg that are part of the National Safety Code Program.

NEWS - Particulate Emission Reduction

BC FlagEffective October 1, 2010 most heavy duty diesel powered vehicles in BC will have to be fitted with emission reduction devices. The use of the devices is expected to reduce particulate matter emissions by at least 20% and will be required in order to pass under the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program. Particulate emissions are a significant health hazard when inhaled.

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