BC trucking permits move online to become wait-free
Posted: October 6, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff
KAMLOOPS, BC – The British Columbia trucking industry will soon be able to apply and receive permits online, with no wait times.
onRouteBC is the first of its kind in Canada and will replace the current Transport Permit System (TPS). The new system is being tested with pilot partners in September, and will be available to all commercial carriers on Oct. 3. TPS will still be available until the rollout is complete.
“We know that the current system of obtaining a truck permit takes time. With the introduction of a new automated online permitting system, commercial operators will now have the ability to obtain permits 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no wait times,” said B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone. “This system will help the commercial vehicle industry get goods to market faster, by automatically approving permits and showing drivers detailed information on the approved route to follow,” added Stone.
onRouteBC allows commercial carriers to create an online profile with their company and vehicle information.
In many cases, the online system will auto-approve and issue a permit to carriers without ministry staff involvement. For those circumstances where a load is out of the ordinary, the Permit Centre staff will still be available or called upon for assistance.
“The trucking industry will benefit greatly from onRouteBC’s streamlined permit process and enhanced functionality,” said Louise Yako, president and chief executive officer of the BC Trucking Association. “Importantly, onRouteBC will also free resources currently dedicated to routine permit applications, allowing ministry staff to focus its expertise on applications that require more in-depth review and planning because of the size of the load or challenges on the route. These improvements should result in a more efficient and timely permitting process. I’m sure trucking companies look forward to using onRouteBC.”
To further increase safety and mobility for the industry, the ministry has added free wifi at nine inspection centres so commercial operators can safely go online to check their permitting status. Another nine inspection centres are set to receive wifi in the coming year.