Commercial Vehicles

Information regarding heavy commercial vehicles.

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.

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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 - Safety Review of 15 Passenger Vans

Transport Canada LogoTransport Canada announced that the Government of Canada will be undertaking a review of the safety standards for 15 passenger vans. These vehicles are typically used for extracurricular school activities and have been involved in serious collisions often attributed to rollover stability.

NEWS - Enhanced License Plate Removal

B.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.

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