Home

HCANL concerned and reacting to changes to The Highway Traffic Act

Float

Jim Organ, HCANL’s Executive Director, requests meetings with Government officials to discuss changes to the Highway Traffic Act.

“I am writing today on behalf on the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (HCANL). Our Association is a not-for-profit organization, representing almost 150 members in the road building, water and sewer and heavy construction industry. We are the recognized advocate within Newfoundland and Labrador for infrastructure development and work as an association to promote provincial economic growth.
I would like to bring to your attention a sample of HCANL’s views / concerns regarding recent amendments to the Highway Traffic Act, which will prohibit slow moving vehicles from being driven on a highway with a speed limit of greater than 80 kilometres an hour.
While we realize operators may have the ability to apply for special permits to cover certain circumstances, we feel that overall these changes bring about additional safety and economic problems associated with the use of large floats now required to transport the “slow moving vehicle”. From a safety perspective the floats have to travel to pick up site, park on the side of the road, load, move into traffic, unload along highway at destination site, possibly park on the side of a highway awaiting the “slow moving vehicle” etc. It is our thought that this alternative brings about its own traffic safety issues which may be more of a hindrance to the travelling public than having, let’s say a loader on the road which has the ability to move right and allow traffic to pass. Also we question whether or not there was consideration given to putting in place time of day exemptions for the “slow moving traffic” to reposition. As an association representing heavy civil construction it is our members view that historically most part contractors will use a float to move a piece of slow moving equipment if there is any distance involved. All the current changes have done, is to introduce additional heavy equipment to our highways for short distance moves of some slow moving traffic?
While not the main concern it cannot be argued that the new regulations have also just added another level of cost / expense for operators and companies / individual consumers requiring the services of the affected “slow moving equipment”.
I recently read a news release from Service NL on January 28th which stated “The Provincial Government maintains its commitment to make government requirements for businesses and individuals as simple as possible as it serves the public interest.” I applaud the Government in this approach but at the same time I question the ability to truly accomplish this without consultation with the targeted industry, before regulatory changes are made.
I would like to have the opportunity for myself and several of the HCANL board members to sit down with you and discuss this in more detail.”

Latest News

  • Premier Ball Announces $129 Million for Municipal Infrastructure

    The Provincial Government is committing more than $129 million for municipal infrastructure to build safe and sustainable communities across Newfoundland and Labrador. The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was joined for the announcement today by the Honourable Graham Letto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment; and Terry Dunn, President of the Board […]

  • Motor Vehicle Registration – Hours of Service and Safety Information Updates

    Hours of Service application guide. https://www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/drivers/safetycode/hos_application_guide.pdf Compliance Review and Facility Audit Safety Package http://https://www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/drivers/safetycode/compliance_review_facility_audit_safety_package.pdf Heavy Civil Association Newfoundland and Labrador Annual General Meeting Service NL Updates and Hours of Service Overview 30 day special permits have been extended to 90 days Review of Quad Axle Self Steer Permits Commercial Drivers Licensing Review HTA amendment to […]

  • Updated version of the Municipa Affairs Master Specification

    The updated version of the specification is now available on line https://www.mae.gov.nl.ca/capital_works/specifications.html

  • NLOHSA Conference 2019

    The Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Health & Safety Association are excited to announce the agenda for its 63rd Annual Safety Conference and Trade Show is finalized. Conference 2019 will be held May 15 – 17, 2019 at the Arts & Culture Centre and Community Centre, Gander, NL and we look forward […]

  • New NLSCA Traffic Control Course

    New Traffic Control course now available 8.5×6

  • Transport Canada – Dangerous Goods Transportation

    ROAD BUILDER AWARENESS NOTICE JANUARY 2019

More News...

Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Copyright © 2013 | Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador | Admin