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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Tell Us How to Make BC Transportation Better

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Customer service is a major part of what we do at the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. From maintaining highways to handling development approvals, our goal is to provide the best service we can. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. That’s why we’re asking you to help make us better by taking our 15th annual Customer Satisfaction Survey, open from July 20 to September 14 Last year, we received more than 3,350 responses from folks across the province,...

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Challenging BC’s Best of the Best Vehicle Inspectors

CVSE Inspectors' Challenge

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”

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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?

2 Types of Worksites

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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What You Need to Know about Seasonal Load Restrictions

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

"Bush Fix"

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

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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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Ellis Creek Bypass Channel Gets Fish Around Dam Barrier

Kokanee in Ellis Creek

Would you think, “Dam!” if you were blocked from going where you wanted? That’s what fish might have been thinking when they reached a steep concrete dam, in Penticton, that stopped them from travelling upstream. Until a few months ago, the 1. 5-metre structure, built about 50 years ago on Ellis Creek, was a barrier to kokanee salmon and rainbow trout. We became involved with Ellis Creek, while we were widening the shoulder along a two-kilometre section of Eastside...

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BC Road Trip Time Machine: BC Highway 3A, Nelson to Balfour

Living the dream

The Kootenays. No tour of BC would be complete without a visit to this special corner of the province, especially a Road Trip Time Machine tour. So, get in, strap on your seat belt and take a trip back in time as we drive Highway 3A from Nelson to Balfour circa 1966. Spoiler alert: You won’t see the elusive Sasquatch but you will travel over the Nelson Bridge, better known as the Big Orange Bridge (or BOB to those...

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