Quebec updating PECVL truck safety rating system

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Quebec will introduce a number of modifications to its security rankings system on Jan. 1, altering the province’s method to important defects and the way in which totally different trucking violations are weighed.

“We’ve got been working on the revision of the PECVL [Politique d’évaluation du comportement des propriétaires, des exploitants et des conducteurs de véhicules lourds] for a number of years,” Quebec Trucking Affiliation (ACQ) CEO Marc Cadieux stated in an interview with Transport Routier.

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(Picture: Steve Bouchard)

Discussions and consultations really started in 2015, however the course of was delayed partially by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We listened to what was being proposed, after which we retained the regulation agency Cain Lamarre to get authorized experience, however extra importantly [assessed] the influence that a number of the proposed revisions may need on real-life for carriers,” Cadieux stated. “We additionally evaluated the influence of the modifications on insurance coverage premiums. We needed to know what’s vital to insurers in PECVL thresholds and audits.”

The method to main important defects represents one of many key modifications.

“Earlier than, a serious important defect may carry the provider to the Fee des transports du Québec (CTQ). Now, the notion of important main mechanical defects now not exists,” stated Josyanne Pierrat, director of compliance and authorized affairs at ACQ.

Beneath the present system, a file is transferred to the CTQ after two important occasions — no matter whether or not the corporate has two vans or 500, Pierrat stated. However the up to date system will assign six factors for important occasions, aside from deadly collisions, and the factors might be a part of a steady analysis that’s weighted in accordance with fleet measurement.

The up to date system can even weigh offences based mostly on the timing of occasions.

“The monitor of the habits is at present based mostly on a two-year interval. Starting in 2023, the weighting of many violations showing on the file might be minimize in half after one yr,” Pierrat added.

Truck drivers can even carry extra of the accountability for driving-related violations corresponding to licence standing, seat belt use, and distracted driving. Carriers don’t have any management over such points, Cadieux stated.

Whereas all collisions involving accidents at present carry 4 factors, such incidents will solely be assigned 4 factors if individuals are transported by an ambulance. The totals will drop to 2 factors if no ambulance is concerned.

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