Harsher penalties were implemented

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The British Columbia government is stepping up penalties for truck drivers who crash into highway overpasses after a series of such incidents in recent years.

Transportation Minister Rob Fleming says the province will implement increasing penalties for businesses and drivers with repeat violations, adding longer suspensions and the possible loss of their operating certificate.

Fleming says the province has used unprecedented penalties with recent offenders, including suspending a company's entire fleet while investigators look into a crash involving one of its drivers.

The changes include requiring dumpster vehicles to have in-cab warning devices by next June, informing drivers that their trailer has not been lowered, and fines for over-height vehicles will increase to $575, up from $ 115.

BC Trucking Association president and CEO Dave Earle said in a statement that his organization supports tougher penalties as they “mark a critical step toward creating safer roads.”

Provincial statistics say there have been up to 30 bridge strikes on British Columbia highways since 2021, with 16 of them reported last year alone.

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