Commercial Vehicles

Information regarding heavy commercial vehicles.

Q&A - Commercial Vehicles Using Out of Province Licence Plates

Q&A ImageI see more and more Alberta companies having Alberta plates on their equipment and having their terminals in BC. These companies work and train out of the BC terminals. Their equipment runs either all BC or are pro-rated to run BC/Alberta.

Is this legal and how do they do it?

Q&A - Loading Only the Rear Trailer on a B Train

Q&A Image A new commercial vehicle driver is pulling a B-train with the rear trailer loaded and the first trailer empty ... at least that's the way I understand it.

He is driving from Alberta to BC and claims to be getting stuck in the winter conditions. I believe this load should be illegal but can't find any regs covering it.

Q&A - Seizure of Log Book and Receipts

Q&A ImageI just a call from a trucker this morning whose friend (also a truck driver) had her log book and ferry receipts taken by an officer at a road block who then refused to give them back to her. Is this a standard policy from your recollection? What happens if she gets stopped again in another road check without her log book? It just doesn’t seem to be the right thing to do in my books. Can you shed any light on this?

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. Unless you are making a multi-day trip, these inspections must be carried out at the start and the end of each day that the vehicle is being used.

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.

Q&A - What do the Police Think about Heavy Trucks?

Q&A ImageI drive a semi tractor trailer for a living. I was wondering what cops' take is on slowly rolling through a stop sign at 5 kph, after scanning the intersection in a rural area and seeing no traffic.

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.

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."

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