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A group representing truck drivers is urging the BC government to ensure that motorways are cleared of snow and that dangerous holes are corrected or that goods will no longer be transported.
Ajay Toor, who speaks for the West Coast Trucking Association, says black ice and large holes create dangerous driving conditions, which have resulted in several accidents over the past few weeks.
He says truck drivers encounter black ice, especially at night, and some are worried that they are putting their lives on the line while at work.
Toor says truckers who report harsh highway conditions on the government’s DriveBC website are being informed that so many complaints are coming in that they should send an email to highway maintenance contractors instead.
But he says it is impossible for drivers to know which of 28 public contractors is responsible for certain highways across the province.
Toor says the association contacted the Department of Transportation last month and has also reached out to members of the Legislative Assembly but has received no response so they will hold a convention from Surrey to Vancouver next Saturday.
“This is really just to make the government wake up,” he says. “If not, then we are at the breaking point and we will stop our trucks.”
He says it is challenging for drivers to put chains on tires in areas with snowdrifts and low temperatures, so it is up to the government to intervene.
Toor says hauliers crossing into Alberta are driving on cleared and repaired roads and he does not understand why safety issues in the transportation sector do not appear to be a priority in his home province.
“In the morning, when the public (uses) the highways, they clean them,” he says, adding that this is not the case at night, when many truck drivers cross major roads.
The Department of Transportation in BC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.