Watch for Wildlife: Stay Alert, Stay Safe and Enjoy the Drive

February 20, 2013

Part of driving responsibly is watching out for wildlife on B.C. highways. Stay alert, stay safe and enjoy the ride. Keeping an eye out for wildlife on the highway while you’re driving can prevent hazards to you both. And to help you in your travels, we’ve compiled some handy tips on how you can treat all of B.C.’s wild creatures with care and improve your safety while driving on the highway: Be extra careful in the early morning, or...

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BC Services Card: Out with the Old and in with the New

February 18, 2013
new Care Card and BC Driver's License

If you haven’t heard, the old Care Card and Driver’s Licenses are things of the past. As of February 2013 they joined forces to be the brand, spanking new BC Services Card. Why the change? Well the cards haven’t been significantly updated in about 20 years and, over that time, technology has advanced a little (insert sarcasm). The benefits of the change: better security. ICBC and the Information and Privacy Commissioner are on board and for you to be,...

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Bridging the Week: BC Highway 1 and Beyond

February 16, 2013
BCHWY1

What’s new in B.C. transportation news? Quite a bit, actually! Even though it’s still winter across most of the province, we are busy getting ready for spring: consulting, planning and working on some pretty exciting new projects. We are moving ahead with plans to widen the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and the Alberta border. We also announced resurfacing projects on Highway 97A, 97B, 6 and 1. That means that chances are something exciting could be happening on a highway...

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Winter Driving Tips for New Truckers

February 14, 2013
Winter Driving Tips for New Truckers

True, winter hazards such as black ice and blinding flurries don’t care whether you’re a rookie trucker or a seasoned veteran. They still hit, hit hard, and often without warning. But there are smart winter driving techniques that come naturally with notching more and more hours on the road. That’s why we put the call out to our trucker Twitter followers and Facebook “likers” to send winter safety advice to help all those newbie truckers out there make the...

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Less Fuel, More Goods: Trucking in Harmony

February 12, 2013
Less Fuel, More Goods: Trucking in Harmony

Truckers are travelling Western Canada with greater ease now that permit conditions for long combination vehicles are the same in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The ministry’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) branch recently helped tailor a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with our neighbours to the east. The harmonization measures apply to turnpike double long combination vehicles (LCV), which are used to carry large loads of light goods – imagine a whole lot of toilet paper, for example. Turnpike...

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Hit the Road for a Family Day Long Weekend

February 9, 2013
Hit the Road for a Family Day Long Weekend

Is it still winter? Has spring finally arrived? It really does depend on where you are in the province and which season you prefer, but it’s always nice to have an extra day to enjoy some time with your family. Whether you’re spending that time in your community or driving BC highways to another one, there’s a lot to be aware of, some as a “FYI” or an opportunity to take advantage of. We thought we’d collect a few...

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TranBC’s Aviation Angle

February 7, 2013
YVR - Pacific Gateway - Kelowna BC Aviation Strategy for British Columbia

You might think of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as being all about highways. But did you know we have an aviation angle? You see, making all of B.C.’s transportation industries more globally competitive is one of our ministry’s goals. While the aviation industry is federally regulated, air transport plays a big role in B.C.’s economy, business opportunities and the everyday lives of British Columbians. That’s why the ministry is partnering with a large crew, including the federal...

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