PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Overweight log trucks are becoming an issue at the Red Rock scales in B.C., according to the Central Interior Logging Association (CILA).
The association has been told by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement branch, that truckers are often exceeding the 63,500-kg limit and in some cases are pushing 70,000 kgs. Some have travelled to nearby Carrier Lumber and requested for part of their load to be removed.
Carrier has refused, citing liability and timber mark concerns.
CILA is reminding timber truckers and local forestry companies to be mindful of the legal weight limits.
“CVSE, by law, needs to address the weight issue, not only for safety reasons, but also because of damage to infrastructure,” CILA said in a bulletin. “They are still working on a province-wide overweight program, but in the meantime need to address the current situation. Log haulers need to get into compliance, while we work on the best way to deal with overweight loads. And the licensees receiving the wood also need to take responsibility for encouraging overweights by continuing to pay for the weight. If we don’t work on this all together, the measures that will have to be taken will be hard on everybody.”
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