New mobile radio protocols on track for resource roads

VICTORIA - New mobile radio communication protocols are being implemented throughout B.C. to improve safety for resource road users.

The changes include new standardized road signs, radio call protocols and a bank of standardized mobile radio channels.

Quesnel, Thompson Rivers, Cascades and Okanagan Shuswap natural resource districts will convert to the new protocols and resource road radio channels beginning May 4, 2015.

The new protocols will impact forest service roads and other road permit roads in these areas. All affected road users must have the new channels programmed into their mobile radios before the transition dates. Mobile radio users are advised to retain current radio channels and frequencies until they are no longer required.

It is recommended that mobile radio users have the full bank of standardized resource road radio channels programmed into their radios by certified radio technicians.

New signs posted on local resource roads will advise which radio channels to use and provide the communication protocols, including the road name and required calling intervals. Vehicle operators using mobile radios to communicate their location and direction of travel must use the posted radio channels and call protocols.

All resource road users in the affected areas should exercise additional caution during the transition period. Drivers are reminded that forest service roads are radio-assisted, not radio-controlled, and to drive safely according to road and weather conditions.

Local resource road safety committees have worked with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Industry Canada to implement these changes.

Learn more about resource road radio communications protocols and view maps online at: www.for.gov.bc.ca/hth/engineering/Road_Radio_Project.htm or by contacting the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations district office in your area or Industry Canada at 1-800-667-3780.

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