Commercial Vehicles

Information regarding heavy commercial vehicles.

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.

CASE LAW - R v Stein

BC Courts Coat of ArmsPaul Stein was convicted of failing to wear a seatbelt for an incident that occurred on Hillside Avenue in Victoria, B.C. He was observed by Sergeant LeBlanc who pulled him over and issued the ticket. Mr. Stein's argument was that he was a commercial vehicle driver engaged in frequent stops and was exempt from having to wear a seatbelt. The justice reduced the fine.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - Loose Wheel Nuts

cameraNews reports often tell of heavy commercial vehicles that lose a wheel due to loose wheel nuts like those shown in the photo below. However, this is just as likely to happen to light vehicles and trailers too. Having just installed my own winter tires, this is probably an opportune time to post the picture and remind everyone to review your owner's manual.

PHOTOS OF CONCERN - The Squeeze Play

cameraThe driver of this car may not have noticed the flashing right turn signal on the bus, but learned the hard way that it was worth paying attention to.

RESOURCE - Bendix Brake School

Do you drive or service vehicles with air brake or electronic safety systems on board? The Bendix Brake School is a free resource that teaches how Bendix products work in these applications. While it is manufacturer specific, the information in general will apply to similar offerings by other companies.

CASE LAW - R v Shymanski

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMr. Victor Shymanski was charged with disobeying a traffic control device after he drove his commercial vehicle past a regulatory sign requiring him to stop and check his brakes. He was convicted at trial. Subsequent to that he applied for Charter relief, claiming that his rights under section 7 had been violated because a ticket for a violation of the Traffic Control Device Regulation under section 125 of the Motor Vehicle Act is vague and unenforceable. This case is the resolution of the requested relief.

COMMERCIAL VEHICLES - Trip Inspection Standard

Truck TractorProfessional drivers of commercial vehicles (as defined in the National Safety Code) are required to do both pre- and post-trip inspections of their vehicles on a daily basis. The list of items to be checked is extensive and is set out in a document created by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators. The document also sets out the criteria that defines an out of service condition until that problem is repaired. All drivers should consider these standards as a requirement and inspect their vehicles at regular intervals to make sure that they comply.

READING - IIHS Status Report, August 2012

IIHS LogoThis issue of the IIHS Status Report examines small overlap collisions in passenger vehicles and consideration for the requirement of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) for large commercial vehicles. Small overlap or offset head on collisions were something that I frequently saw as a collision investigator.

Pre and Post Trip Inspections

MechanicDo you drive a truck with a GVW over 5,000 kg, a bus, any vehicle required to have a Motor Carrier or Passenger Transportation licence or a business vehicle with a GVW over 5,000 kg? If so, you or a person designated by the carrier must insure that the vehicle is mechanically fit to drive.

RESOURCE - Load Security Manual

Ratchet StrapThe Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement is a guide to the North American cargo securement standard. While it is meant for commercial vehicle drivers it is equally useful to the drivers of light vehicles as well. Load security serves three purposes: keeping the load securely attached to the vehicle carrying it, preventing an escaping load from harming others and preventing an escaping load from harming the occupants of the vehicle carrying it.

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