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.

READING - IIHS Status Report, March 1, 2011

IIHS LogoRunning into the rear of a heavy truck is much more likely to be fatal than running into another light vehicle. Rear end structures designed to prevent collisions where light vehicles ride under heavy vehicle trailers are not sufficient, even in relatively low speed crashes.

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.

NEWS - Weigh2GoBC

transponderIn the past, heavy commercial traffic was subject to inspection by driving through ICBC's weigh scales. This interrupted the trip by having the vehicles leave the highway and sometimes join a queue to wait for a turn to cross the scale. If all was well, the vehicle would be allowed to proceed. Over the course of a year, this could add up to significant non-productive time for a company.

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.


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 - IIHS Status Report, August 2010

IIHS LogoVolume 45, Number 8 of the IIHS Status Report is available for download in PDF format. This issue looks at how hot button issues often drive highway safety policy and may take away from initiatives that have greater potential to save lives. It also examines speed limiters on commercial vehicles from a point of view of fuel consumption as well as safety.

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