The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement branch (CVSE) is responsible for making sure BC highways never come anywhere close to becoming the Wild West. That means safeguarding travellers by educating the commercial transport industry and, when necessary, enforcing the National Safety Code, which is a set of national standards supported by provincial regulations.
There are minimum safety standards carriers (i.e. the employers) and drivers must follow. The rules are clear; there’s even a useful online course to help carriers get a better handle on these key areas:
- Setting up business records
- Driver requirements
- Hours of service
- Vehicle maintenance
- Monitoring carrier safety practices
The vast majority of carriers and drivers make safety a priority on BC highways. That said, our CVSE inspectors do catch some pretty serious safety violations. And there’s quite a range – from missing parts to overloaded truck beds.
We’re showcasing some infractions CVSE discovered recently – both to highlight the importance of doing pre-trip inspections, and to show that many violations can be prevented by due attention and a bit of common sense.
So, without further ado… here are five of CVSE’s most wanted.