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

  1. J. Pfeifer on February 18, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks to the CVSE for the work you do

  2. Charles Mannheim on December 6, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    This is an awesome post, it really shows some of the worst things you will find out there. I am glad to see this made it through all the political turmoil that has happened this year.

    It’s a tough post to beat, but if you guys plan on doing another issue at some point in the future, I look forward to seeing it.

    Just like to say thanks to all the CVSE officers out there working to keep the roads safe and getting this kind of stuff off the road.

    • tranbceditor on December 8, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Thanks for the positive feedback on this Charles – we really love hearing it and we will send the kudos along to the good folks at the CVSE.

  3. Lenny Logger on December 4, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Log truck drivers here on Vancouver Island need to learn to slow TF down when on public highways. And maybe check more carefully for rocks and loose bark in your loads/trailer wheels. I have replaced a windshield several times over the years and almsot excusively from damaga ecaused by debris released from log trucks. Even worse in the summer or during dry speels in winter because the volume of dust they kick up is dangerous and disgusting!

    Of course I have NEVER seen a log truck pulled over by the CVSE. Brutal.

    • tranbceditor on December 5, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Hi Lenny,

      We shared your concern with one of our commercial inspectors who confirmed that the CVSE conducts roadside inspections on more than 20,000 commercial vehicles every year including logging trucks and other commercial vehicles.

      Commercial vehicles are also required to have annual or semi-annual mechanical vehicle inspection done at licensed mechanic facilities to ensure these vehicles meet safety standards.

      There is a province wide toll free number to report commercial vehicle safety violations, should you see something that causes you concern: 1-888-775-8785. Hope this helps!

  4. D Coe on November 30, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Years ago I worked for an Insurance company in Ontario and when we initially insured a vehicle we had to take photos of it and do a visual inspection. I denied insurance for a jeep that had no gas tank but had a gas can in the back with a garden hose feeding into the gas lines….. scary stuff!!! he said it worked just fine….. uh no!

    • tranbceditor on November 30, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Whaaaaat?! Yikes. That is quite the story. Thanks for sharing Donna!

  5. Floyd on November 29, 2017 at 1:52 am

    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?

    • tranbceditor on November 29, 2017 at 10:47 am

      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!

  6. Floyd on November 29, 2017 at 1:35 am

    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?

    • tranbceditor on December 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      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.

      • Dave on January 11, 2018 at 9:53 am

        Just wondering if the Commercial Transport Regulations apply to private non-commercial vehicles?

      • Bruce on January 16, 2018 at 10:06 pm

        OMG, but someone makes it legal for three combo 53 ft. trailer units to travel the coquihalla. Stupid.

        • tranbceditor on January 17, 2018 at 1:50 pm

          Hi Bruce,

          CVSE does allow Long Combination Vehicles (two 53’ trailers) to operate, but under a permit and only if they meet very specific conditions. Also, extensive engineering studies have been commissioned by the trucking industry, which has allowed for these combinations to operate.

  7. robt johnson on November 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    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

    • tranbceditor on December 6, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Thanks for this feedback Robert. We have sent it to the CVSE for consideration.

    • tranbceditor on December 18, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      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.

  8. G. Wilson on November 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

    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.

    • tranbceditor on November 29, 2017 at 10:20 am

      A great comment, thank you for sharing with us. We will share your comment forward with the CVSE.

    • tranbceditor on December 18, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      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.

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