LETTER: Truckers should be allowed to drive only in right lanes at lower speeds

Coquihalla dangerous partly due to trucks, says letter writer

We all understand the importance of delivering goods via truck and trailer on B.C. highways. This, however, should not allow our highways to become a danger zone for all that use these highways.

Far too often, we have seen heavy trucks passing each other and travelling side by side on the highways for long distances, causing long lineups behind them.

We have seen trucks speeding up behind cars and other vehicles in the left lane while travelling well over the posted limits. While this is bad enough in good road conditions, it is ridiculously unnerving to watch in winter conditions when the roads are snowy and icy.

I believe the majority of accidents on the highways such as the Coquihalla include, or are caused by, these big rigs travelling way too fast. They cannot expect to stop when needed like smaller vehicles.

Far too often, they do not even have the proper chains to make their vehicles safe enough to travel through the mountain ranges.

My suggestion would be to post lower speed limits for heavy trucks and trailers and also to require them to travel in the right lanes only.

This is done in other areas and seems to work quite well, with fewer fatal accidents involving these trucks.

Also, I do believe that the drivers of these trucks should be held to a way superior standard than they are now and they should be required to be properly trained to drive carefully on the roads. These are professional drivers and as such should be held accountable to ensure that they are all driving as professionals with the proper training for driving safely in all conditions.

Nancy Singer

Just Posted

Westbound Highway 1 crash in Langley

Accident occurred just west of 264th Street shortly before 6 a.m.

Gravel resurfacing at Sheffield dog park questioned by Chilliwack dog owners

One person said the best dog park in Chilliwack was ruined by the gravel

Shocked by gun ad

When will government ban handguns, letter writer asks

Chilliwack single mother’s trauma therapy dog victim of a hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner Keshia Spenst facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Artist’s NHL charcoal drawing raises money for Starfish Packs

John Perlinger of Chilliwack draws Carey Price and Shea Weber to raise money in Abbotsford

VIDEO: Kenney lays out key demands for meeting with Trudeau

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aims for clear signs of federal action on two-day Ottawa trip

Fireballs to fill the sky Friday for brightest meteor shower of the year

Geminid meteor shower features colourful, brighter, longer shooting stars

SkyTrain strike averted after ‘eleventh-hour deal’ reached

CUPE 7000 says ‘marathon bargaining session’ led to tentative agreement with BC Rapid Transit

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

Hope’s illicit drug death rate rivals Vancouver

Small Fraser Valley district listed among top five per capita in B.C.

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

15-year-old charged following threat to South Surrey high school

Police announce pair of teens arrested for Nov. 14 incident at Elgin Park Secondary

TransLink CEO ‘hopeful’ SkyTrain shutdown can be averted with last-minute deal

No extra buses will be on the roads if strike goes ahead

Cougar destroyed in Penticton area after mauling dog, killing cat

This is the first reported incident with a cougar this year in the Penticton area

Most Read