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

  1. Patrick Wright on September 10, 2019 at 5:49 am

    How come UPS / Puralator vans drive with their right doors open all the time, especially going down the hwy at 100km/h. What is the law about keeping doors closed,or is it legal to keep open like a Honda Odyssey or a Toyota Sienna?

    • tranbceditor on September 10, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Great question Patrick – we’ve sent it to the CVSE for response. We will let you know what we hear back.

    • tranbceditor on September 24, 2019 at 10:49 am

      Hi again Patrick – just following up on your question. We spoke with our folks in the CVSE and our traffic engineering standards branch and both groups believe that this falls under federal legislation – perhaps with manufacturers of the vehicles. Here’s Transport Canada’s website link for more info:

  2. Don on November 7, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Is an in-operative jake brake on a gravel/equipment hauling truck an infraction.

    • tranbceditor on November 9, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Great question Don – we’ve sent this question to the CVSE. Stay tuned.

    • tranbceditor on November 15, 2018 at 11:00 am

      Hi Don – there is no legislation to support the requirement for a jake or engine brake. Thanks for your question!

  3. Malacious respondent on October 21, 2018 at 6:32 am

    This is a ridiculous self pandering site
    I was recently, in my own neighborhood, detained by a CVSE person, called a peace officer, carrying a gun.
    Other wise known as gun barrel law.
    If he is a police officer name it as such, and stop annoying otherwise law abiding local community members.
    This fellow had to call the real police who shook there heads at the stupidity related to a minor infraction occasioned by the theft of the small pick up truck plates. My vechile was not engaged in ANY commercial activity nor has it ever been.
    BUT if the ministry cannot differentiate between private use and commercial activity which occasions an egregious arrest without warrant then the validity of Ultra vires law will now be tested.
    This is just another revenue generating industry costing taxpayers valuable income and need to engage in more taxation to support this nonsense.
    Police officers are adequately trained to respond to a danger to the public with out this ridiculous stalking of our side streets by “The Revenue Men”
    For the record i have been driving for over 50 years with a clean record, no “tickets” of any type and i will practice law on this nonsense until you people get it right Fraser

    • tranbceditor on October 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thanks for your comments. CVSE officers do not carry guns. Could you provide a location and officer/vehicle information and I’ll pass along to the department.

  4. Thomas Collins on September 6, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Rear projection on 53′ and super b. Less than 3ft, no flag?, over 3ft from tail,flags lights ect?
    Second . Impact guard decal?, out of service if no impact guard decal on trailer,or straight truck? Thx

    • tranbceditor on September 6, 2018 at 9:37 am

      Hi Thomas,

      If you see a vehicle that causes you concern, please contact the CVSE at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Violations hotline directly: 1-888-775-8785


  5. Fraser on August 13, 2018 at 11:39 am

    CSVE inspectors are NOT required to be Red Seal Journeymen Mechanics. They served no apprenticeship! Have your vehicle inspected by qualified people!

    Drivers license Class three with Air endorsement, is ridiculous, as a commercial rated vehicle engineered to carry a load and pull a trailer with air brakes, is not allowed to, over 10,456 pounds. Yet a pickup truck and electric brakes is. Operating under Class 5, heavy endorsement. How dumb is that?
    Minister of transportation hides from correcting this.

    • tranbceditor on September 4, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Hello Fraser,

      CVSE officers consist of both Trade Qualified Technicians and Certified Mechanical Inspectors. Area Vehicle Inspectors or more commonly referred to as AVI’s are Trade Qualified Technicians while all other CVSE officers are Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Certified Inspectors. CVSA is a nonprofit association comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. The alliance aims to achieve uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial motor vehicle inspections and enforcement by certified inspectors dedicated to driver and vehicle safety. We hope this helps clarify. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  6. bssabub on May 16, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I was pulled over in a cvse road block. in a non commercial vehicle. they had a cvse go over my 1996 truck. they found that my door when opened dropped a few millimeters. my break fluid was 3 mills short from max. my back licence plate light was out. my right front head light was loose ish. my drivers side door handle was broken.but i call myself on this one because it just broke off. i had a crack in my windshiled that was there when i bought the truck. so what ive learned is that they will do anything to take old vehicles and poor people who own old vehicles off the road with extreme vigilance. i got hom,e and fixed everything besides front windsheild in a few hours. have a new windsheild comming in the next few days. and i was a lucky one. all i have to say is cvse should only be aloud to target commercial vehicles and not target familys just picking up there kids from school who rely on there pos cars.

    • tranbceditor on May 18, 2018 at 1:06 pm


      Thanks for sharing your experience with safety concerns identified by CVSE when they inspected your vehicle.

      Glad to hear that you have made the fixes and will soon have a new windshield. Safety concerns created by vehicles requiring maintenance affect everyone on the road.

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

    Thanks to the CVSE for the work you do

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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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