Commercial Vehicles

Information regarding heavy commercial vehicles.

ICBC - Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT)

ICBC LogoSeptember 1, 2021 saw the implementation of a new website location and design for ICBC's driver training information. Of interest on the new site is information on teaching the new Class 1 driver Mandatory Entry Level Training known as MELT. There are already a number of driving schools that are offering MELT training and they can be found here.

Nominate the Driver

pointing fingerThe state of New South Wales, Australia has just tightened their rules on intersection safety camera violations. Companies were not nominating the drivers of their vehicles who were responsible for the violations as that state requires. This amounted to approximately 7,000 events that drivers were not held accountable for.

NEWS - Mandatory Entry Level Training for Commercial Drivers

Truck Tractor and TrailerThe Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced that Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) will be required of applicants for a class 1 driver's licence commencing on October 18. 2021. B.C.’s program will exceed the minimum requirements set by the National Safety Code Standard for entry-level training of Class 1 drivers and will take at least 140 hours to complete.

CVSE - Updated Carrier Safety Guide

BC LogoCommercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) has announced the availability of an updated version of the Carrier Safety Guide.

CAMPAIGN - Brake Safety Week, August 23 to 29, 2020

CVSA logoCommercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement (CVSE) and traffic police will be taking part in CVSA's brake safety week running from August 23 to 29, 2020. The week will see a focus on commercial vehicle brake inspection throughout North America. The annual effort aims to reduce brake-related crashes by identifying and removing unsafe commercial motor vehicles from roadways.

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.

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.

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