The Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) branch promotes compliance of safety regulations within the commercial transport sector, with the goal of increasing road safety for everyone.
CVSE uses a multi-level approach to ensure safety.
- Have a National Safety Carrier certificate in good standing,
- Ensure commercial vehicles are regularly certified by authorized inspectors at designated inspection facilities, and
- Undergo and pass visual inspections when passing weigh scales.
Key facts about CVSE:
- Every year, CVSE looks at hundreds of thousands of commercial vehicles that cross the weigh scales and inspection sites throughout the province. Of these, CVSE targets on average more than 25,000 commercial vehicles a year for closer inspections.
- CVSE issues violation tickets and removes any unsafe vehicles from the road. CVSE has placed a priority on targeting commercial vehicles that warrant inspection versus randomly inspecting. This is done using officer expertise and vehicle/company history to assess vehicles.
- CVSE works with local law enforcement to do seasonal “blitzes,” or spot checks, in identified communities to check commercial vehicles and identify safety issues.
- Year-to-year, the out-of-service rate is typically around 25% of targeted commercial vehicles. This rate is consistent with other jurisdictions in Western Canada. The vast majority of out-of-service infractions are related to lighting infractions, tire wear, load security and brake adjustments.
- Crashes involving commercial trucks on B.C. highways are down 23% since 2005. This is a result of the ministry’s collaborative work with the RCMP, WorkSafeBC and municipalities on enforcement activities.
- Around B.C., there are more than 240 CVSE staff members, including mobile inspectors, stationary inspectors, managers, engineers, permit processors and clerical support staff.
- The industry is operating more efficiently because of advances in technology and more modern facilities. For instance, the Weigh2GoBC program allows commercial carriers to bypass Weigh2GoBC inspection stations (weigh scales) if they get the “green light” to go ahead. Since its start in 2009, the Weigh2GoBC program has resulted in over $27 million in savings for commercial carriers (in driver time and fuel), with 1.8 million kilograms of greenhouse gas savings.