VICTORIA, B.C. — Ministry of Forests and Range staff raised awareness about road safety during a series of recent logging truck inspections across B.C.
Compliance and Enforcement officials stopped nearly 950 vehicles during February, giving drivers information about the safe use of forest roads and advice about common infractions of forestry regulations governing the transportation and marking of timber.
“Spot-checks are an excellent opportunity to educate truckers about safety, particularly given the rise in traffic caused by increased harvesting of pine beetle timber,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Forests and Range. “Regular reminders reinforce the importance of following the rules and make forestry roads safer for everyone.”
Since fall 2005, the province has provided funding for a forest safety coroner and additional WorkSafeBC safety inspectors. The ministry is also conducting a comprehensive review of legislation, regulations and policies with a safety lens and supporting BC Forest Safety Council initiatives such as SAFE Companies and the TruckSafe Action Plan.
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