Trucking

Information, tips and updates on the commercial vehicle and trucking industry.

5 Things to Learn from Watching Highway Thru Hell

Whether you’re an avid connoisseur of reality television, or simply an average BC driver intrigued by life on the road, you’re likely familiar with Discovery Channel’s series: Highway Thru Hell (cue flaming asphalt). The frosty Coquihalla and Fraser Canyon highways set the stage for this nail-biting glimpse into the challenges of travelling between Hope and Kamloops in winter conditions. And although you may expect the truckers to be the main players in this performance, it’s actually the unique talents...

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Myth Busting at the Provincial Permit Centre: Prepare to be Amazed

Myth Busting at the Provincial Permit Centre: Prepare to be Amazed

If you thought you knew everything there was to know about getting a permit for an oversized load in BC, think again. Our Provincial Permit Centre (PPC) is a one-stop shop for the commercial transportation industry for all of their permit needs. In a recent chat with the folks at the PPC, we learned that a lot of people aren’t using the centre to its full capacity and, being the helpful folks they are, asked us to share their...

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7 Secrets to Taming Driver Stress

Behind every steering wheel lurks driver stress. It creeps up when motorists are stuck in start-stop traffic, or being tailgated, or having to brake hard to avoid a crash, or seeing motorists who don’t follow the rules, or dealing with detours or inconsiderate parking or… The list of how driving can torque up your tension level goes on and on. And with World Mental Health Day (Oct 10) in mind, we thought we’d share seven techniques you can use...

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CVSE Mobile – Service on the Go for BC Truckers

CVSE Mobile – Service on the Go for BC Truckers

The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) website is now available for mobile internet devices, so truckers on the job can “Know Before You Go“. Commercial truckers are relying more and more on mobile devices as part of their jobs. Even though information on the regular CVSE website is available, it wasn’t mobile-friendly for smart phones or tablets. So, when a northern region staff member sent us a suggestion inspired by his father-in-law (a seasoned trucker), we jumped at...

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So, You Want To Be A Trucker? Five Steps to a Class 1 Licence

  This is how a few of our trucking Twitter tweeps (say that five times fast) responded when asked what they like about hauling goods around the province. Many people love trucks and have the drive to explore B.C.’s diverse landscapes while helping the economy move. Do you? If so, here’s how to get started. Step 1: Be sure you qualify You fit the bill if you have a Class 5 or 6 driver’s licence, which are the full...

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Hey, You Got a Problem? 9 Ways to Let Us (and Others) Know

A concern, a problem, a beef, an issue… There are lots of words to express that something is unsatisfactory or unsettling to you. And at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are several ways you can tell us about something that you think is just not right on provincial roads. Your information helps us ensure our roads are safe for everyone. Report a road problem to the contractor – Our maintenance contractors work hard to keep the roads...

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A Salute to Truck Drivers – Our Friends in Freight

In recognition of National Trucking Week, we’re wondering if you’ve ever heard the phrase, “if you got it, a truck brought it”? The sentiment has been around for years (you can see it proudly displayed in the photo above from the Trans-Canada Opening at Rogers Pass in 1962). It’s a simple phrase with an important message that reminds us just how much we depend on the trucking industry and the men and women that earn their living behind the...

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