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.

Hauling Permits Made Easy

Are you planning on hauling a large load in B.C.? Do you need a permit but don’t know where to go? Well look no further, we have your answer! Our Provincial Permit Centre is a one-stop shop for all your hauling permit needs. Through their website, you can get: Single Trip permits, Overweight/Oversize permits Single Trip, Non-Resident permits Term Oversize permits Motive Fuel User permits Applying for permits online saves you time and money, and all it takes is...

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Weigh in Motion – It’s Building Momentum

Weigh in Motion – It’s Building Momentum

We have all heard of the Man in Motion, but have you heard about Weigh in Motion? The Weigh2GoBC program is a network of Weigh in Motion (WIM) and Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) technologies which allow commercial vehicles to keep moving while being weighed, helping them to achieve faster, more efficient travel times. The Weigh2GoBC program began across the province in October 2010 and has been gaining in popularity ever since. All you have to do is register in...

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You Are Now Entering the Cone Zone!

Where there are traffic cones, there are usually workers, equipment trenches or more. So, it is important to slow down and be alert to what’s happening around you – someone could be mere steps away. Thousands of people work roadside every day, including municipal workers, landscapers, traffic control personnel (TCP), tow truck drivers and road construction crews. There are also road maintenance teams, telecommunications and utility workers, and emergency and enforcement workers. Working on or beside the roads presents...

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How Do You Move 546 Tonnes? Massive Load Travels Mountain Road

How Do You Move 546 Tonnes? Massive Load Travels Mountain Road

A transport company spent more than two months planning the move of six extremely large pressurized tanks from Genelle, B.C. to the U.S. border at Porthill, Idaho. It’s only a 148-kilometre drive, but it wasn’t so simple with each load weighing 91 tonnes! Mining company Tech Cominco had sold the cylindrical vessels and was shipping them to a buyer in North Dakota, for use in a natural gas plant. Davey Cartage Ltd., a Surrey, B.C.-based hauler of bridge girders...

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It’s National Public-Rail Safety Week

Railway Signage

Look, Listen and Be Safe Everyday trains operate on 6,692 km of railway tracks across British Columbia. These trains are an important part of our transportation network, not only transporting people and goods, but moving necessary supplies to communities all over the province. From May 2 to 8, get on track for National Public-Rail Safety Week. As busy as the train networks are, tracks often seem deserted which is pretty deceiving. Don’t forget the dangers of crossing the railway...

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Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement at Work

Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement

If you’re driving through Delta this week, you might notice there are more police and Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) inspectors on the road than usual. That’s because this week we’ve partnered with Delta police and other agencies to conduct a safety blitz. The event, lasting from April 19 to April 21, focused on making sure commercial trucks are maintained and operated safely. As part of their thorough inspections, CVSE staff will be checking truck tires, brakes, lights, windshields...

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Seasonal Load Limits: A Heavy Topic

Hefty Loads Can Damage Spring Roads These photos illustrate why every spring, the ministry sets seasonal load limits on certain highways, for heavy vehicles. This truck was headed northbound on Highway 97 with a load of steel balls for a mine, in April 2006. It met the commercial load restrictions at the time for the highway. However, after parking on an adjoining municipal road for a few minutes, the truck and its load sunk into the road. During the...

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How Much Load Can That Road Hold?

In Spring, as temperatures begin to rise, roads start to weaken. The thawing releases water in the road, that can’t drain efficiently, if the surrounding soil remains frozen. This reduces the road’s ability to support heavy loads, so the ministry puts seasonal load limits on certain roads, or stretches of road, for heavy vehicles. White signs are posted on the road, advising of seasonal load limits for the area. This information is also posted on DriveBC and at Commercial...

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