Longer Log Trucks Proposed

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
Longer Log Trucks Proposed

Council has heard from members of a special committee looking at introducing nine-axle log trucks to BC highways. The Nine-Axle Log Haul Committee says the trucks, which are eight – feet longer than conventional log trucks, are actually safer than conventional trucks as they have greater braking abilities. They also maintain the trucks generate less wear and tear on roadways as the weight is spread out more evenly over the load, they generate less in terms of Greenhouse Gas emission and there are fewer trucks on the highways.
Currently, the provincial Minister of Transportation has approved use of the longer trucks on Highway 16 between Vanderhoof and Prince George and Highway 97 between Prince George and Mackenzie.  But the Committee hopes to have the trucks allowed within city limits, such as on Northwood Pulp Mill Road.
“This is an opportunity for Prince George to support the forest sector,” said Tom Hoffman with the Nine-Axle Log Haul Committee. “It will also allow the City to more innovative.”
Canfor is the largest corporation needing log hauling in the city. They say the longer trucks would reduce the number of loads moving through the city by 6,000. It would also mean annual savings of $4 million to the company.
The Committee was asking for support to allow the trucks on city streets.  The issue has been referred to the City’s Engineering Department for future report on the pros and cons of the Committee’s proposal.

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  1. As a 50 year veteran of the log trucking industry. There have been many such changes since 1960 when I started. The highways are better, Trucks and trailers are so superior to early days. Engines are six hundred horse compared to 180 to 220. each time there is an advancement the mills have gained in producing a more competitive priced product. But so has the operators income providing more return for their investment. 1959 I drove at Camp 27 Newlands for $1.92 per hr. 1964 purchased a truck from Lyle McDonald & hauled from Crooked river to McBride timber (Mud river) for $53 per trip. Spring of 1966 we went on strike and raised the truck rates from $9.50 to $14 per hr. 1977 we moved from Fiber volume to Ton/hour truck rates, still in effect.

    Every move though oppose by some at first. resulted in more money in our pockets.
    9 axel configuration is just another advancement in the evolution of the industry.

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