Commercial Vehicles

Information regarding heavy commercial vehicles.

VIDEO - Crashing Into the Rear of a Commercial Trailer

IIHS LogoI've always wondered how well the underride protection at the back of heavy commercial trailers would work, but I was never called on to investigate a collision like this.

VIDEO - The Right Reasons

video iconGrant Aune of Advantage Fleet Services explains the difference between "doing what you're told" and "doing what you have to". In this case he is using the example of load security and explains that the load may only require four tie downs by law, but you may choose to use more because you know that you don't want the load to move, so you are doing it for the right reasons.

READING - IIHS Status Report, October 13, 2011

IIHS LogoIn this issue:

  • More boosters are doing a good job of fitting safety belts to kids in the latest round of seat evaluations

RESOURCE - Safety Matters on Resource Roads in BC

Logging TruckResource roads in BC include logging, mining and oil field access roads are traveled by heavy commercial vehicles that can be almost as wide as the roads themselves. If sight lines are limited and you do not have a radio, it can be very dangerous to travel these roads for recreational purposes.

Employee Safe Driving Policy

Safety PlanI was listening to the investigation of a driving complaint unfold the other day. A member of the public had complained about the way a business vehicle was being driven and the constable had asked the dispatcher to inquire about the driver with the business. "He's a pretty bad driver" the dispatcher relayed from the business owner, "he should probably get a ticket."

RESOURCE - FleetSafe, Develop a Fleet Safety Plan

FleetSafe LogoFor many people the most dangerous thing that they do at work is drive a company vehicle on a public highway. Whether you operate a fleet of only a few or many vehicles having a fleet safety plan will potentially save you time, money and the possibility of being held criminally liable for the actions of your drivers.

VIDEO - Truck Underride: A Hazard Hidden in Plain View

Video SymbolColliding with the rear or side of a commercial vehicle can be more than a headache. Currently North American standards have required a stronger rear underride protection, but there is no requirement at all for side underride protection. This video illustrates the hazard and demonstrates the added protection for side underride protection currently mandated in Europe.

READING - IIHS Status Report, April 26, 2011

IIHS LogoThis issue of the IIHS Status Report examines how well the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf protect their occupants in a crash. This is the first examination of plug-in electric cars and they both earn top ratings.

 

RECREATION VEHICLES - Truck Tractor RV's Exempt from Semi Annual Inspection

RV SemiB.C.'s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Circular 05-11 announces that truck tractors used for non-commercial purposes licensed for pleasure use under specified rate classes are exempt from periodic inspections required by the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP).

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.

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