Moving the Economy

Information and background on how we import, export and move goods across our province to driving the economy, including the Pacific Gateway program and the work of commercial vehicles.

Development Approvals Deciphered – What It Is and Why it Matters to You

British Columbia is booming and, as our population grows, and communities build and expand, the relationship between our highways and adjacent land use changes. Our Development Approvals team guides road network development through rural subdivision approvals, preserves highway capacity with access and controlled area permits and protects highway safety through special events and works permits. For example: Business owners or developers with interests alongside our roads and highways want to connect with customers and draw them in. Development Approvals...

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Everything You Need to Know About Travel Advisories on BC Highways

Ministry staff and our highway maintenance contractors work around the clock to keep travellers on BC highways moving safely, but sometimes extreme weather (or other emergency conditions) create special circumstances that can pose challenges for motorists.  When that happens we place a specific travel advisory on DriveBC to help bring attention to the event and help travellers make better plans based on those conditions. We take a number of factors into consideration when we post a travel advisory, such...

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What You Need to Know About Stricter Chain-Up Rules

Chain up configuration

We’ve introduced better chain-up regulations for commercial vehicles, which will provide more clarity for professional drivers this winter. That means safer roads, too. The changes come in the wake of one of our worst winters for highway closures. Unprepared commercial trucks caused 41 highway closures because they were either poorly equipped or totally unequipped with chains. In some cases, this was due to the driver’s inability to install the chains properly. Loss of traction in winter conditions leads to...

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Why We’re Keeping Commercial Trucks Out of Left Lane on the Coquihalla

Starting this week, we are restricting commercial vehicles from using the far left lane northbound on the Coquihalla’s Snowshed Hill between Box Canyon and Zopkios with our No Trucks in the Left Lane pilot program (other select routes in the Interior to possibly follow). The restriction is in effect year-round. The Coquihalla Highway is one of the province’s busiest mountain passes. Both passenger and commercial vehicles rely on it as a primary connection between the Lower Mainland and the...

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How to Navigate the Box Canyon Chain-up with Ease

Box Canyon Lane Configuration

Commercial drivers on the Coquihalla have a lot more room to equip their vehicles with chains now that the Box Canyon chain-up facility has expanded from 14 to more than 70 parking spaces. But the larger site will be unchartered territory for many professional drivers this winter. Whiteout conditions combined with road markings hidden by snow and ice could make identifying parking spaces and through lanes difficult. So, to help you prepare for the next big winter storm on...

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Shift Into Winter

Every October British Columbians Shift Into Winter, making sure to be equipped for winter weather and being prepared to obey Tire and Chains signs. You are being forwarded to the TranBC Shift Into Winter page. If you do not get forwarded automatically, click here.

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Successful Ways to Winterize your Trucking Safety Plan

commercial vehicles trucking shift into winter

As winter weather begins to make its way across BC, impacting our driving conditions with snow, ice, rain, fog, etc., it’s always best to be prepared with a safety plan. And those plans are ready for winter. The Shift into Winter resource website (for all your “ready for winter driving” needs) has released a new document called, Winterizing Your Safety Plan: Information for Commercial Carriers. This is great information to know and follow up on because, as an employer...

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What You Need to Know About Commercial Vehicle Safety Inspections

We sometimes get the question: what kinds of inspections do commercial vehicles have to go through to ensure they are operating safely? It’s a great question, especially since the way CVSE (Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement) carries out inspections has evolved over the years. The most notable change is increasing mobile inspections and using technology to help focus inspections on commercial vehicles that need them. So, how does this play out? Then… Well, looking back 15 years, all commercial...

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