Commercial Vehicles

Information regarding heavy commercial vehicles.

CVSE - Ride Hail Vehicle Identification

BC LogoCommercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement has announced that Transportation Network Services (aka: ride hailing) vehicles may now be equipped with identification signs in much the same manner as a taxi sign.

The use of these signs is restricted to when a vehicle is in service and available to the public for pick up only. Using such a sign is permitted in BC provided that it meets all of the following requirements:

MAP - Commercial Vehicle Rest Areas

BC LogoThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has installed additional portable toilets at select commercial vehicle brake checks, inspection stations and chain up locations to provide more facilities to the trucking industry during the COVID-19 crisis. The map shows existing rest areas as well as the locations of temporarily installed portable facilities.

CVSE - Vehicle Inspection Decal Expiry Extension

BC LogoEffective April 6, 2020, commercial vehicle Certificate of Approval decals that expire during March and April 2020 have been extended until the end of May 2020. Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement understands that due to the COVID-19 epidemic Designated Inspection Facilities may not be in operation, preventing the renewal of these certificates. This could end sooner or be extended depending on conditions.

Reporting Commercial Transport Traffic Violations

TelephoneA commuter asked "I would really like to see the article written about what to do when we see a commercial transport vehicle that is driving in an unsafe manner. You gave us a phone number to call that specifically relates to tractor trailers, and who to call when we witness a driving infraction. I see it on a regular basis and most of the times the trucks are unmarked."

Q&A - Tire Chains on Commercial Vehicles

commercial vehicle chain signYesterday 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.

Thinking Ahead of Big Trucks

danger no go zoneOne of the critical concepts I learned as a collision investigator this that fully loaded heavy trucks have 50 to 60% of the braking capability of light vehicles. This assumes that the braking system is not overheated, has been maintained properly and is correctly adjusted.

Air brake systems also suffer from brake lag, a short time period that occurs between the driver stepping on the brake pedal and the brakes starting to apply.

NEWS - Ride Hailing Regulations Announced

New BC LogoOur government has announced that ride hailing companies will be allowed to apply for licensing from the Passenger Transportation Board on September 3, 2019. If you are interested in becoming a driver for one of these services it would be wise to begin your planning now as you will require a class 4 driver's licence, criminal record check, driving record check, a current vehicle inspection and extra insurance from ICBC.

CASE LAW - R v Dassylva

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn response to complaints of commercial vehicles failing to follow regulatory requirements in the District of McKenzie the police began to operate compliance check stops. A Kenworth tractor without a trailer was observed traveling northbound on Highway 39 near the causeway outside Mackenzie. The officer followed the vehicle for some kilometers before stopping it and interviewing the driver.

NEWS - Audit of Commercial Vehicle Safety

auditor general logoBC's Auditor General has released the report of an independent audit of commercial vehicle safety in our province. The audit looked at whether the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General have effectively managed their respective programs to promote the safe operation of commercial vehicles on B.C. roads.

NEWS - Changes to Tire Chain Rules

tire chain signEffective immediately, the rules governing the use of tire chains on commercial vehicles traveling on BC highways have been made more extensive and the penalties for failing to follow them are under consideration and will become more expensive later this winter.

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