Carriers operating in British Columbia should be prepared for strict enforcement of the rules governing commercial trucking operations. With most routes into the Lower Mainland of the Province closed due to flooding and landslides, Highway 3 remains the only through option for carriers needing to drive between Kamloops and Vancouver, BC.
Highway 3 is a challenging and dangerous mountain road and it is seeing increased traffic volumes due to the closures of the other routes. Law enforcement in BC is well-aware of the challenges this route poses and the importance of it remaining open, so it should be no surprise that an Ontario-based carrier was recently prohibited from operating in BC due to the dangerous driving of one of its drivers.
In the above example, a truck was captured driving and passing dangerously on dashcam footage on a winding stretch of Highway 5A. Due to the importance of keeping all routes open for business, a careless driver could easily cause delays to Canada’s supply chain by causing a road-closing accident.
Drivers and carriers operating in BC under these challenging conditions need to be driving and operating in a way that promotes safe, cautious driving. Not only are traffic volumes higher than normal, but there are few detour options available to service the Lower Mainland.
The RCMP and BC’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) will be working hard to make sure those abusing the rules of the road are held accountable.