iN VIDEO: Dangerously duelling B.C. Interior transport truckers under investigation
Actions of both the DCT Chambers truck driver and another trucker passing each other in a dangerous fashion on a Cariboo highway are under investigation by the Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement agency.
The Chambers driver’s bosses aren’t talking about the incident and the driver of the other truck hasn’t been publicly identified. DCT Chambers in a Vernon-based trucking company.
Similar unsafe driving by a YWC Transport driver in December led to the entire company being suspended.
“Motorists sometimes send or post dashcam videos of dangerous driving,” states an email from the Ministry of Transportation sent to to iNFOnews.ca, June 21. “There are instances, such as the unsafe pass and subsequent failure to yield captured on video, that are obviously unsafe.”
Commercial Vehicle and Safety Enforcement is investigating to “ensure appropriate actions, including possible sanctions, are taken,” the email says.
The incident involving the Chambers truck happened June 10 on Highway 97 south of 100 Mile House.
The video shows a DCT Chambers chip truck passing another transport truck across a double yellow centre line with a passing lane on the other side of the highway.
The truck slowly continues around one corner then into a second corner but never gets ahead of the filming truck.
Instead, the Chambers truck straddles the centre line as the filming truck pulls up on the inside shoulder and passes it.
The video ends when the Chambers truck drops off its screen so it’s not clear if the filming truck made it all the way past.
A woman who answered the phone at the DCT Chambers office said the matter had been investigated internally and “it’s all been taken care of.”
She did not elaborate and said those in the office who were able to talk about the incident had not been speaking to the media.
The YWC Transport Ltd. driver was caught on video passing another transport truck across a double yellow centre line on a corner along Highway 5A north of Princeton.
The incident happened when the Coquihalla Highway and Highway 1 were closed to traffic after being washed out so all truck traffic into B.C.’s Interior was routed along Highway 3 from Hope to Princeton.
In that case, the offending driver did make it all the way past the filming truck.
As the result of the investigation into that incident, YWC Transport had its National Safety Code certificate suspended and 171 of its trucks were pulled off the road.
“YWC Transport Ltd. remains suspended and no longer has vehicles plated in B.C.,” the Ministry of Transportation’s email said.
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