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NEWS RELEASE · 8th May 2010
Ministry of Transportation
The Province has adopted two recommendations from the Trucking Sector Climate Action Working Group that will have a positive impact on both the environment and on productivity in the industry, announced Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond.

"This working group gathered input from trucking sector members across the province on how to positively affect climate change, and improve efficiency," said Bond. "The recommendations we're implementing will promote fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in B.C.'s trucking sector."

Effective next week, the ministry's Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) branch will allow for a weight tolerance up to a maximum of 225 kg (500 pounds) for vehicles carrying an auxiliary power unit (APU).

An APU provides electrical power required for heating, air-conditioning and communications. This eliminates the need for non-operational idling, saving fuel and reducing maintenance costs.

CVSE is also expanding the divisible load permit program to allow divisible loads up to 2.75 metres in overall width. Presently the limit is 2.6 metres. The additional 15 centimetres will allow increased productivity for vehicles carrying divisible loads, while staying within the legal axle GVW.

Divisible loads are loads which can easily be made smaller to comply with the regulation dimensions. For example, with a divisible load permit under the new regulation, drywall sheets 1.37 m (54") wide can be loaded side-by-side, doubling the number of sheets being carried and reducing the number of trips required to deliver the load. This change will also take effect next week.

"Improved fuel economy and productivity for B.C.'s truckers is good news for B.C.'s economy," said Paul Landry, president and CEO of the BC Trucking Association, and co-chair of the Trucking Sector Climate Action Working Group. "This is a good example of how, by working closely with government, frontline recommendations can translate into important changes for an industry."

The Trucking Sector Climate Action Working Group was created in December 2008 as one of 14 industry stakeholder groups established by the Cabinet Committee for Climate Action to identify GHG emission reduction opportunities in various sectors of B.C.'s economy.