GOLDEN, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) has worked out an agreement with the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia (ICBC) regarding bill-of-lading freight descriptions.
Recently, B.C. truckers were being caught off guard when asked by ICBC personnel at the Golden Weigh Scale to provide bills of lading containing the weight and description of freight.
This surprised carriers, as the practice has not been in place in most parts of the country for several years, since pre-deregulation days in fact. But ICBC claims enforcement personnel are concerned about shipments of small quantities of dangerous goods being shipped without placards.
BCTA representatives met with ICBC and pointed out that the requirement of a carrier to provide such information on their bill-of-lading is now obsolete and unnecessary. As a result, ICBC agreed that the telephone number of the shipper and a statement on the paperwork indicating that no dangerous goods are on board will now be sufficient.