VICTORIA, BC – With one-in-five traffic fatalities in BC involving large commercial vehicles, road safety insiders are calling for drivers to be more careful around trucks.
The Be Truck Aware campaign was launched in time for Operation Safe Driver week, when officers across North America will be ticketing drivers for failing to share the road and follow safe driving practices.
DELTA, BC – British Columbia has unveiled plans to build a new 150-truck parking facility on Highway 17, streamline the permitting process for over-dimensional loads, and study emerging technologies.
COURTENAY, B.C. – As paving season approaches, the stretch of highway 19 between Courtenay and Campbell River, British Columbia will receive a fresh coat of asphalt under two road projects.
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.
ALDERGROVE, BC – British Columbia and the federal government have announced a $25.5 million widening of Highway 13 from 8th Avenue to 0 Avenue to support growth in border traffic.
REVELSTOKE, BC – A new $2.1-million avalanche mitigation system in British Columbia is designed to reduce TransCanada Highway closures near Revelstoke for winter 2017.
VANCOUVER, BC – The Government of B.C. has amended regulations to increase the allowable length of boat tails, which are rear-mounted trailer panels that reduce aerodynamic drag to improve fuel economy.
DELTA, BC – Construction has started on a new truck parking facility in Delta, British Columbia, to help at least 40 more commercial drivers find a place to store their vehicle in the Lower Mainland.
The site is slated to open in the fall of 2016, but site preparation on the $2.8-million project began last year.
VANCOUVER, BC – British Columbia’s transportation and construction industries will need to fill 110,000 jobs in the next decade – and truck drivers will be among those most in demand, according to Asia Pacific Gateway Labor Market Outlook 2016-2025.
CHETWYND, BC – British Columbia officials say there are some 100 sites on roads and highways in the north that require serious repair after flooding emergencies continue to wreak havoc on infrastructure.
VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC – A funding boost for Vancouver Island University (VIU) has opened up 16 seats for Level 3 heavy-duty equipment technicians.
VICTORIA, BC – B.C. has stepped up enforcement efforts with the completion of its mobile weigh scale zones, a project designed to cast a wider net to nab drivers not trucking by the book.
FORT ST. JOHN, BC – Nearly 600 trucks lined up at a rally in B.C. last week, their drivers sending a loud message to Ottawa about opportunities that could arise through approval of a controversial $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG plant proposed near Prince Rupert.
Work has dried up for some western drivers due to falling natural gas prices and a lack of action on the oil patch. Many are now looking to Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to approve the new liquefied natural gas plant later this month as a way to stop the bleeding.The drivers rallied in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson.
For the project, B.C.’s massive shale reserves would be fracked in northeastern B.C. and transported by pipeline to the coast, where a plant would compress the gas to make it liquid for shipping to foreign markets.
Last week, 130 scientists sent a letter to McKenna calling the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s draft report on the project “scientifically flawed.”
METRO VANCOUVER – The B.C. Trucking Association is reaching out to local governments to consider tolls at every major water crossing in Metro Vancouver, so drivers won’t congest alternative routes to avoid tolls.
METRO VANCOUVER – Labour lawyer Duncan MacPhail has been named BC Container Trucking Commissioner, the province announced Monday.