BCTA opposes increasing speed limits

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LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) has opposed a provincial report that suggested raising the province’s speed limits.

The report, contracted by the Ministry of Transportation, recommended increasing posted speed limits from 110 km/h to 120 km/h on rural freeways with limited access (such as the Coquihalla), from 100 km/h to 11 km/h on multi-lane divided highways (such as Hwy. 1 in the Fraser Valley) and from 90 km/h to 100 km/h on multi-lane and higher design two-lane roads with 1.5 m of paved shoulders and infrequent access (such as the Upper Levels Highway).

The report went a step further and suggested eliminating speed limits altogether on remote northern highways.

In a submission to the province, the BCTA said it supports periodic reviews of speed limits and suggests inconsistent signage should be eliminated. The association also suggests there should be a decreased speed limit on dangerous stretches of highways, such as Hwy. 3 east of Osoyoos. The BCTA also urged the province to replace "advisory" speed limits with enforceable, posted speed limit signs in areas where trucks have experienced a high frequency of crashes.

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