BCTA looking for better information-sharing solutions

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LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) is searching for a better system to avoid excessive impoundments under Washington State’s vehicle impoundment law.

The law, recently upheld after being reviewed by Washington State District Courts, requires Washington State Patrol to impound vehicles driven by drivers with suspended licences. This seems extreme to the BCTA, as licences can be suspended for minor infractions such as unpaid traffic tickets.

Washington State Patrol has been impounding vehicles, regardless of where the infraction took place and regardless of whether or not the vehicle is being driven by the registered owner.

The BCTA is working with the Canadian Trucking Alliance, to advocate the development of a National Drivers’ Licence, which would result in better information-sharing throughout North America.

The truck lobby group is also working with the Insurance Corp. of B.C. to explore other ways to share information about driver suspensions with U.S. jurisdictions.

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