LCV lights not such a bright idea: Armour

HALIFAX — If you’re pulling long combination vehicles (LCV) in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, you have to mount brake, signal and tail lights high on the back end of your trailer.

In most cases, that means a driver has to climb up and mount them, because most trailers and containers have no such standard equipment.

And that, according to Armour Transportation boss Wes Armour, one of this country’s most respected truckers, is a useless nuisance. The lights don’t make the vehicles any safer and perhaps they could even be hazardous.

Not only that, but LCVs in other jurisdictions don’t need the expensive lights so truckers from those other areas might be discouraged from hauling into the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Armour, whose comments appeared in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, and who helped lead the LCV project in the province, says the additional highly placed lights are his only objections to the LCV rules as they currently stand.

A spokesperson for Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation said that the province mirrored New Brunswick’s high-mounted lighting policy.

She said they increase visibility of the larger vehicles, but because the LCV project is still in its early stages, there’s a chance the lighting rules could be changed.

Armour said industry accepts all the other regulations concerning LCVs — including enhanced driver qualifications and restrictions on operating in certain weather and roads. "It is just these lights. They are not workable." 

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