More trucks and fewer inspectors: a dangerous mix
B.C.’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) inspector corps – who inspect heavy commercial vehicles, staff weigh scales and oversee private inspection facilities – has shrunk by more than 26 per cent since coming back into government service from ICBC in 2003. 1-in-4 inspector positions are now vacant.
During that time, heavy commercial vehicle traffic increased more than 45.5 per cent. Heavy vehicle crashes increased by over 12 per cent. Weigh scales are being shut down and operating hours severely scaled back due to a lack of staff.
B.C. now has the second highest percentage of commercial vehicles taken out-of-service for safety violations in Canada. Only slightly more than 29 per cent of inspected vehicles pass a safety test.
You can help keep B.C. roads safe. Review the information on our campaign page, then click the link below to send an online e-mail to B.C.'s Transportation Minister and Opposition Critic, telling the government to hire more safety inspectors. And tell your friends and family.
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