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.

Do You Have a Permit for That?

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If you’re looking to use our highways beyond the regular to and from home or road trips, you may have to look at getting a permit. Do you want to film a movie on a BC highway? Do you want to carry a HUGE load on your truck? Do you need to move some cattle? To be able to do these things (and a few others), you’ll need to apply for a permit. Commercial Vehicle Permits – A commercial...

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Challenging BC’s Best of the Best Vehicle Inspectors

The hustle. The sweat. The pressure to be the best… Commercial vehicle inspectors put their safety sense to the test at the 2016 CVSE Inspectors’ Challenge in Victoria, BC, June 13-17, 2016. The annual competition places seven CVSE inspectors under intense scrutiny in timed events, each competitor striving to show he or she is the sharpest at detecting hazardous vehicles, loads and drivers. The inspectors competed in four main competitions: Truck and trailer inspection, including driver; Dangerous goods inspection,...

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Coquihalla Construction Crews: “A Story for Every Kilometre”

It took more than 10,000 people 20 months of continuous work to open Phase 1 of the Coquihalla, on May 16, 1986. Many of the men and women who worked on this historic project have moved on to new adventures; however, some still work for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. To get a sense of what it was like to work on a project of this scale, we asked four ministry staffers (one retired/three current) four questions. Their...

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Roadside Worker Safety: How Do You Look at It?

People find laws easier to follow when they understand the point, or value, of them. After surveying drivers about roadside worker safety as part of the annual Cone Zone campaign, which runs May to August, we were reminded how important this is to keep in mind. The laws protecting roadside workers cover two types of worksites: Worksites on or beside a road, cordoned off by cones. “Mobile worksites” around vehicles stopped on the roadside with red, blue or amber...

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Construction of the Coquihalla: Still Amazing After 30 Years

It was the most ambitious highway project in the province’s history. It’s one of the most heavily travelled route in all of British Columbia. From top to bottom, motorists can experience every single type of weather condition known to man. With a summit reaching 1,244 metres tall (imagine almost 3 CN Towers stacked up), it isn’t uncommon for it to be snowing at the peak and sunny at the base. We’re talking, of course about the Coquihalla Highway. The...

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What You Need to Know about Seasonal Load Restrictions

There’s been a lot of buzz about seasonal load restrictions lately. No wonder – it’s spring! So, we thought the best way to address some of the weighty details and clarify myths is by chatting with one of our own: Val Hunsaker. Val is the Fort George District CVSE Manager, based in Prince George. TranBC: Why are seasonal load restrictions important? Val: Seasonal load restrictions are put into place to protect our roads from damage or failure during the...

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DON’T Do This: 5 Trucks CVSE Wants Off the Road

The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement branch (CVSE) is responsible for making sure BC highways never come anywhere close to becoming the Wild West. That means safeguarding travellers by educating the commercial transport industry and, when necessary, enforcing the National Safety Code, which is a set of national standards supported by provincial regulations. There are minimum safety standards carriers (i.e. the employers) and drivers must follow. The rules are clear; there’s even a useful online course to help carriers...

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The Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol: 10 Steps to Highway Safety

BC Highway 5 from Hope to Merritt (also known as the Coquihalla or “the Coq”) is a busy transportation corridor through a high mountain pass, and because of this high elevation, the Coquihalla can experience periods of heavy snowfall. Don’t let that worry you though – VSA Highway Maintenance, our maintenance contractor for the route, has a plan. It’s called “the Coquihalla Snowshed Protocol” and it’s every bit as important as it sounds. What exactly is the protocol and...

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