On October 13th, 2017, the BC Ministry of Environment launched “world leading” new spill preparedness, response and recovery requirements to address public concerns regarding the impact of spills of regulated substances on the environment and the general public.
ICBC welcomes and plans to work with its insureds in the event of a spill.
Below are amendments to the Environmental Management Act:
Many regions in Canada have experienced a surge in cargo theft for 2017. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, there were calculated losses of $181 million in stolen cargo and equipment between 2014 and 2017. In the first quarter of 2017 alone, over $20 million in stolen cargo and equipment was reported; keeping in mind that there are many other thefts that go unreported so this total could actually be much higher.
Top Target Products – Reported to IBC in 2017 (Q1 – Q3)
US Customs and Border Protection has recently advised that officers are seeing an uptick in trucks at the border with a "Not Paid" transponder status, when it turns out the carrier does in fact have a valid annual or single user fee payment filed.
If you transport across the border and into the United States, you are likely aware that the US electronic logging rule deadline is coming up quickly - Monday, December 18, 2017 in fact.
Here are a couple of resources if you have any questions about the rule:
Due to fire hazards, several popular brands are recalling 61,000 dishwashers sold between January 2013 and May 2015. The brands include Bosch, Thermador, Gaggenau, Kenmore and Jenn-Air and were manufactured in the US and Germany by BSH Home Appliances. It is believed that the issue is a result of the products’ power cords.
ICBC recently notified brokers and motor carriers by letter that it will no longer be allowing a seven day grace period to pay a prorate invoice when purchasing or renewing insurance, and will instead require payment at the time of the transaction. The change takes effect as of Monday, January 1, 2018.
As part of BC's road safety strategy, the Be Truck Aware campaign recently launched on October 17th in Pitt Meadows at the Justice Institute of BC. The campaign's goal is to reduce car-truck crashes in BC and promote safe driving practices. Heightened enforcement is also a part of this campaign, targeting all drivers on the road as part of Operation Safe Driver week. Passenger vehicle drivers are being asked to:
A revised version of the Commercial Transport Procedures Manual is now available through the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement website.
While most changes are administrative in nature, a few changes of note include:
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Operation Safe Driver Week takes place this year from October 15 to 21, 2017. During this time, law enforcement will be identifying and issuing warnings or citations to commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers who show unsafe driving behaviors. Some of the dangerous driver behaviours that will be on law enforcement radar include:
This Sunday is October 1, marking the first day of BC's requirement to carry chains between the months of October through March. Commercial trucks over 27,000 kg GVW must carry chains during these months.
Road conditions themselves will dictate whether or not the chains must be attached. To find out which sections of highway have chain up conditions in effect, visit https://www.th.gov.bc.ca/roadreports/Chains/chains.asp