B.C. trailer inspections reduced to once per year

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LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) has successfully convinced the province to reduce its number of trailer inspections to once per year.

Previously, the province demanded twice yearly trailer inspections. The association has spent five years lobbying to make the inspections annual. The BCTA says the decision to reduce the number of inspections will save the industry about $3.5 million per year.

The victory also brings the province’s inspection interval in line with those of every other Canadian province.

The association is also quick to point out there has historically been no noticeable difference in the number of equipment failures or violations in B.C. compared to provinces where trailers are inspected just once per year.

The reduction in inspections does not apply to dump truck trailers or trailers used in the logging industry. The change is effective Jan. 1, 2005. The BCTA is now working with the Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) to decrease the trailer renewal interval to once every five years. Currently, trailers licences must be renewed annually.

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