Posts Tagged ‘ Road Safety ’

What is the RTMC and what makes it Cutting Edge?

What is the RTMC and what makes it Cutting Edge?

What is the Regional Transportation Management Centre (RTMC)? Well, for starters, think of it as the nerve centre for road/weather conditions and traffic information across BC. Based in Coquitlam, the RTMC is the hub for collecting transportation information and communicating it to the public, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your Eyes on the Road The RTMC is equipped with more than 200 live-streaming video feeds, and 600 cameras strategically located on highways across the province (you...

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How New Maintenance Contracts Will Make Highways Better

Since the privatization of highway maintenance in BC, we’ve governed the level of service required from our contractors through our Maintenance Contract Agreements.  However, in the 27 years since highway maintenance was privatized, there have been substantial changes both in the industry and in public expectations. We’ve recently renewed the maintenance contract for the East Kootenay service area and the language in this new contract will be the starting point for all of our maintenance contracts around the province...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine – Prince Rupert to Terrace in 1966

Join us on a Highway 16 road trip from 50 years ago, through some of BC’s most spectacular natural landscapes – Prince Rupert to Terrace. The folks in our Skeena District office travelled this segment of the BC Road Trip Time Machine recently, and identified dramatic changes between then and now. What a difference five decades makes! Some comparisons to watch for on your journey… So Curvy! Highway 16 had a lot of curves in 1966, and vegetation grew...

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Traffic Signal Power Outage! What Do You Do?

Traffic Signal Power Outage! What Do You Do?

Pop quiz! (Because everyone loves spontaneous tests of driving knowledge, right?) It’s a stormy day and you approach a flashing red light while driving. As you get closer, it becomes clear it’s a traffic light controlled four-way intersection with a power outage or other mechanical failure. No yellow or green — just red lights flashing in all directions. You… A) Thank the electricity gods because you’re running late for a very important date, then step on the gas. B)...

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B.C. Highway and Traffic Cameras Join DriveBC under Open511

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially if it helps plan a safe journey. DriveBC, one of government’s most popular and valued services, lets commuters, truckers and vacationers in British Columbia see the road ahead with pictures from thousands of highway and traffic cameras. Whether moving goods or commuting to work, travelers want to see that their road is safe to drive. Seeing the road gives travelers the information and confidence they need to avoid delays or take...

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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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How to Measure Tire Tread Depth in 15 Seconds

How to Measure Tire Tread Depth in 15 Seconds

We want to show you how to measure your tires’ tread depth. It’s painless, quick and easy – heck, we were even able to fit it all in this 15-second video. Winter tires are important, but only if you have enough tread. Legally, you cannot have less than 3.5 mm (approximately 5/32 of an inch) on most highways in British Columbia between October 1 and March 31. If you barely have the legal minimum depth of tread, you should...

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9 Clues to Solving the Mystery of the Pilot Car

pilot care with load

You may have spotted pilot cars –  half ton pickups (typically) that escort trucks hauling gigantic loads like houses, bridge girders, windmill blades and parts of industrial plants. But did you know how they work (and how to work with them), as they help move over-size loads safely to their destination? Here’s an overview… Pilot cars guide you, the load and the load’s driver and you so that everyone gets to their destination safely. They work with and transport...

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