Feature Articles

How to Prevent Vehicle Fires While Travelling on BC Highways

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We’ve noticed more vehicle fires on BC highways lately – especially heading up mountain passes such as the Coquihalla. That’s the bad news. The good news is most fires can be prevented with adequate maintenance on your car, truck or recreational vehicle. Here are a few things you and your mechanic should keep an eye on. Vehicle Weight It is extremely important to know (and adhere to!) how much weight your vehicle is designed to handle. That means being...

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Behind the Scenes: Monster Trucking for Wildlife Safety

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Most jobs discourage playing with toys. But when it comes to maintaining the many amphibian crossings on Vancouver Island, only a mini monster truck will do. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure modified a remote controlled truck to inspect the small highway underpasses that offer amphibians and small mammals safe passage from one side to the other. The culverts are too small for ministry workers to crawl through for inspections, so they use this four-wheel-drive “culvert crawler” for the...

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6 Types of BC Bridges Identified

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According to the dictionary, a bridge is: “a structure carrying a road, path, railroad or canal across a river, ravine, road, railroad or other obstacle”. That’s a basic and accurate description of a bridge to be sure, but here at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, we think of bridges as something more than just a structure crossing a span. We think of bridges as a special type of infrastructure. Bridges inspire. Bridges open possibilities. Bridges connect. To us,...

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Keep Right, Let Others Pass Law is Now Official on BC Highways

Installing Keep Right

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck behind a slow moving vehicle travelling in the left lane of a BC highway, we have some good news for you. What’s happening? British Columbia has a new law requiring motorists to keep right and let others pass. Why are we doing this? From November 2013 to January 2014, we undertook a province-wide Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review. During the review, complaints about drivers “hogging” the left lane – despite direction in...

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Ask Drive BC: Your Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions

Drive BC FAQs

If you drive BC, we want you to “know before you go” by making DriveBC a regular part of pre-trip planning. Whatever we can do to make using the traveller information system easier, we’re all for. That includes answering your questions. We noticed some common questions, so we thought it would be a good idea to put them together as a helpful resource. Got a question about DriveBC? Good chance you’ll find the answer here: Q: How do you...

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Road Trip Time Machine: BC Highway 97 – U.S. Border to Vernon, circa 1966

BC Highway road trip

As some of you already know, we’ve been digging deep into storage and digitizing 16mm photolog footage from 1966 to give you our BC Road Trip Time Machine video series. (“Photologs” were created to capture road condition information across the province and give our engineers the ability to study a particular stretch of road without having to travel into the field.) So far, we have travelled over the Malahat and along Highway 1 and the original Port Mann Bridge...

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A New Way to Make Airports Better in BC

Kamloops Airport

Aviation is on the rise in British Columbia thanks to a new funding program aimed at improving airports. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is accepting grant applications for the British Columbia Air Access Program (BCAAP), a BC on the Move initiative designed to help airport operators improve their infrastructure and strengthen local and provincial economies. During public consultation for the BC on the Move 10-year transportation plan, we discovered 70 per cent of you agree we should support...

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How to Do a Pre-Trip Inspection on Your Recreational Vehicle

Know Your RV with CVSE

The all-important pre-trip inspection was one of the hot topics when Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) officers hosted a “Know Your Recreational Vehicle” safety education event in Kamloops on May 2, 2015. Big thanks to CFJC TV for coming out to cover the event at the Kamloops Westbound scale. WATCH VIDEO There’s a lot to know about your RV. Once you’ve mastered your RV’s specifications – incuding everything from towing requirements to load capacity – it’s essential to...

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Tell TranBC

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What Do You Want to Know More About? Are you looking for something on TranBC but can’t find it? Or have a question about what the ministry does and why we do it? Share your question with us and we’ll try to get you an answer. Who knows – your question could be our next blog! Thank you – we couldn’t do this without YOU.

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