DON’T Do This Pt. II: 5 More Vehicles CVSE Wants Off the Road

We received a lot of positive feedback after sharing Part 1 of the Wanted off the Road poster series. Well, our Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) team continues to keep BC from turning into the Wild West by rounding up more vehicles travelling the roads despite serious violations.

We picked out a few of the more interesting examples for a follow up poster series in order to help you understand what types of dangerous situations our CVSE team works hard to prevent. For drivers, we hope the series draws attention to the importance of doing pre-trip inspections and using common sense when deciding whether or not a vehicle is roadworthy.

You’ll notice both commercial and passenger vehicles are included in these posters. While CVSE focuses mostly on commercial transport enforcement, they have the legal authority to stop any vehicle in order to address a safety issue (the shocking case of the Porthole Peeper is a good example of this).

Carriers and drivers, please do your homework! Safety standards are clear and available; there’s even a handy online course to help you understand National Safety Code requirements.

Our CVSE Inspectors tell us the vast majority of drivers make safety a priority. However, they do find an assortment of violations, at times – and some are real head shakers. Take a look. And remember… DON’T do this:

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  1. And as a logging truck driver I am disgusted to see a fellow driver have a load of logs with a broken bunk. I can say that my years of experience it is unusual to see things as blatantly obvious as that. Log truck drivers are usually the best truckers there are and to not notice that doesn’t seem right it seems suspect. That said unfortunately there are some drivers who are getting into log hauling and shouldn’t be allowed to wash a truck let alone drive one. That kind of a thing would be spotted by someone such as the person loading the truck and when the driver gets out to wrap his load it would be spotted immediately and no one would dare drive that. That load would be off loaded quicker than you can say Jimeny cricket. That is life threatening there is no way anyone would driver it. It had to have happened during the drive so I’m suspecting there was a sign such as a crack that wasn’t noticed when driver did safety check of load. It’s the worst picture out of them all. The bus with shit not bolted down is stupid if there was anyone using the chairs while Its moving. A stove not bolted down is fine if the bus is not moving?

    • Hi Floyd, thanks for your comments. Some of the infractions are pretty unbelievable, aren’t they. Sadly, they still happened. Thanks for your continued safe driving!

  2. The top one you call The Three Vehicle Combo I have seen similar and when I asked the driver/owner said it is legal if the driver and outfit is insured in Alberta where it is legal. And he had been stopped before to be questioned and was sent on his way because he was an Albertan. Seems crazy don’t it?

    • Hi Floyd,
      We sent your comment to the CVSE who told us that someone driving a three vehicle configuration would be in violation of Division 7.18 of the Commercial Transport Regulations, which is adopted under Division 19 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations. Vehicles found to be in violation of Division 7.18, regardless of their origin, are subject to enforcement.

  3. there are so many rusted out vehicles that are licensed on BC highways recommend that all vehicles that are more than 5 years old have a vehicle inspection before licensing and repeated every 2 years the first inspection will take lots of the junkers off the highway and get a handle on the illegal headlamps and lamp that are out of height requirements and seriously out of alignment

    • Hi Robert,

      We sent your comment to the CVSE who have informed us that enforcement officers do have the ability to, and quite frequently do, issue notice and orders to vehicles they have safety concerns over as per Division 25.08 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations. The motor vehicle is then required to obtain a safety inspection within a set period of time or remove the vehicle from the road.

  4. There are a surprising number of tow vehicle mirrors not nearly extended enough to see anything other than the front of the trailer. I always assumed it was illegal. And yet I see it often enough to think it is either legal, or simply not enforced.

    • Hi there,

      We asked the CVSE your question and they have informed us that looking for mirrors that are not properly aligned can be tricky for enforcement officers to spot, but there is a requirement for mirror alignment in Division 7.04 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations. Full size commercial vehicles also get a maximum extension of 30 cm on each side beyond the total width of the vehicle under Division 7.06 of the Commercial Transport Regulations.