QUESNEL, B.C. — B.C.’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) division is running a pilot project, in which it reviews all loads transported to participating mills in an effort to crack down on overweight loads.
Truckers running overweight will no longer have to be caught red-handed under the program. CVSE will review all the loads delivered and will intervene with the local carrier safety inspector when overload trends are identified, according to a notice from the Central Interior Logging Association (CILA).
Though it’s not yet clear what the follow-ups from CVSE will entail, CILA warned members “It could lead into costly fines or possible suspensions from hauling. This will be a significant change from CVSE monitoring weights of loads in the past as they will now see first-hand from the reports ALL weights of loads in a database format. This is public information under the haul billing system.”
The pilot is being conducted in the Quesnel area, but CILA also reports CVSE is considering expanding the program to cover other hauling areas in the province.
“If you are hauling overloads to make competitive rates you need to keep this in mind when negotiating,” CILA advised log haulers. “At the end of the day the licensees and contractors are all going to be accountable for overweights. They will no longer be part of doing business. If you have an accident that results in third-party injuries and it can be proven that you were overweight with a record of hauling overweights the legal ramifications will start at the driver and resonate all the way back to the licensees. The lawyers are just waiting for the first case.”