B.C. trailer inspections may decrease

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LANGLEY, B.C. — The Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) is taking a close look at a recommendation by the B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) to slash in half the number of required trailer inspections.

The BCTA has appealed to ICBC to make the trailer inspection process an annual process. Currently, B.C. requires semi-annual trailer inspections, which BCTA says is out of line with other provinces.

BCTA argues that because pre-trip inspections are regularly conducted, semi-annual inspections are an unnecessary burden and expense for carriers without any material impact on safety.

If the proposal is accepted, the annual number of inspections conducted by ICBC would decrease from 70,000 per year to 40,000. Log trailers wouldn’t be affected by the changes.

The recommended change is one of two top-priority ‘red tape’ reductions the BCTA has brought to ICBC’s attention. It is also lobbying for multi-year licensing intervals for trailers.

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