Myth Busting at the Provincial Permit Centre: Prepare to be Amazed

October 12, 2012
Myth Busting at the Provincial Permit Centre: Prepare to be Amazed

If you thought you knew everything there was to know about getting a permit for an oversized load in BC, think again. Our Provincial Permit Centre (PPC) is a one-stop shop for the commercial transportation industry for all of their permit needs. In a recent chat with the folks at the PPC, we learned that a lot of people aren’t using the centre to its full capacity and, being the helpful folks they are, asked us to share their tips with you, in order to help make your permitting process even easier. Turns out there are some common misconceptions about what the PPC does, and doesn’t do. And some of these myths might be slowing you down unnecessarily. Myth #1   “Getting a permit is such a hassle and takes forever” Actually, getting a permit has never been easier, and if you have applied for a permit once, your repeat...

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Plan Your Trip with New DriveBC Upgrades

October 11, 2012
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Are you going somewhere this weekend? DriveBC’s new features might help. Today, we’re releasing an update which includes an enhancement to the Trip Planner. You may or may not be aware that we’ve actually had a trip planner on the DriveBC site since March of 2010. If you’re not familiar with it, the trip planner lets you pick your start point and end point which results in a route being drawn on the DriveBC map. It then displays a route with the shortest driving distance as provided by Google. What’s so special about the new version? It takes into consideration any delays, road closures and border waits. The new Trip Planner enhances your chosen route by including all incidents and delays associated with it, from start to finish. In addition to showing them as icons on the map, the turn-by-turn directions will include messaging on the dynamic message signs...

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7 Secrets to Taming Driver Stress

October 10, 2012
Driver Stress Wordle

Behind every steering wheel lurks driver stress.  It creeps up when motorists are stuck in start-stop traffic, or being tailgated, or having to brake hard to avoid a crash, or seeing motorists who don’t follow the rules, or dealing with detours or inconsiderate parking or… The list of how driving can torque up your tension level goes on and on.  And with World Mental Health Day (Oct 10) in mind, we thought we’d share seven techniques you can use to tame driver stress.  The benefits go beyond feeling more relaxed – a calm driver is a safer driver.  A person who drives while stressed runs a much greater risk of being involved in a crash that kills or injures them or another person on the road. So buckle up and try all these tension tamers. 1.  Start Out Calm – Clear your mind of problems before starting your vehicle,...

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CVSE Mobile – Service on the Go for BC Truckers

October 9, 2012
CVSE Mobile – Service on the Go for BC Truckers

The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) website is now available for mobile internet devices, so truckers on the job can “Know Before You Go”. Commercial truckers are relying more and more on mobile devices as part of their jobs. Even though information on the regular CVSE website is available, it wasn’t mobile-friendly for smart phones or tablets. So, when a northern region staff member sent us a suggestion inspired by his father-in-law (a seasoned trucker), we jumped at the chance to start plans for a website dedicated to commercial carriers. Once we created a prototype, we asked for feedback from a group of small and large trucking companies to make sure we were on the right track. The mobile website was updated based on their comments and will continue to be updated based on further feedback from industry experts. The new CVSE Mobile aims to provide commercial truckers...

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Bridging the Week: Thanksgiving Style

October 8, 2012
05 Canada Line Train

This week we welcomed the month of October, the time of year when we start to wind down our summer maintenance activities and gear up for winter. Such is the ebb and flow of life in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.  This long weekend, many of us will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, the gift of sharing and being grateful for the things we have at hand.  We are grateful to work with countless people across the province every day of the year, and so, for this Bridging the Week, we want to share some of our favourite blogs with you. So, here they are, in no particular order: Connections, by YVR. This blog deals with all things airport. A couple of cool blogs over the last month include Technology for travellers and Thanksgiving Travel Tips. If travel is in the cards for you this weekend, stop here...

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On the Topic of Tolls

October 4, 2012
Deas Tunnel Toll

A toll. To some, it may as well be a four letter word. Well, OK, it already is, but you get my point. To others, tolls are just the cost of doing business. There are even those who extoll the virtues of tolls and look forward to paying them whenever they can. Honest. No matter how you feel about them, tolls are an important part of paying for major infrastructure investments. And they have been for a very long time. There was the Lions Gate Bridge, back in 1938, with a toll of 25 cents. The George Massey Tunnel opened up in 1959, again with a toll of 25 cents, which increased to a dollar before it was removed in 1964. More recently there was the Coquihalla Highway, which had its tolls removed in 2008. And of course, there’s the new Port Mann Bridge, with its introductory toll of...

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Pacific Marine Circle Route: A Photo Road Trip

October 3, 2012
Pacific Marine Circle Route: A Photo Road Trip

“The journey, not the arrival, matters.” - T.S. Eliot Travelling in circles doesn’t necessarily mean you’re lost. Ending up right back where you started can be a wonderful thing if you consider everything that happened along the way. So it goes with the nine B.C. highway circle routes designated by Tourism BC and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The shortest route can be done in a single day, or carried out over several, depending on your pace. The Pacific Marine Circle Route connects southern Vancouver Island’s coastlines from south, east and west, linking the communities of Victoria, Mill Bay, Duncan, Lake Cowichan, Port Renfrew and Sooke. We wanted to show some of the great sites and sights along the way, including some of the highway improvements designed to make the route safer. What better way than through photos? After all, a picture is worth 1,000 words. From Victoria,...

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