BURNABY, BC, July 4, 2012 /CNW/ – The Work Zone Safety Alliance has launched their 2012 Cone Zone campaign — a road safety initiative that encourages drivers to take care when driving near roadside workers. The campaign encourages drivers to reduce their speed, avoid driver distraction, and respect the roadside as a workplace when driving through the “Cone Zone.”
“This is the busiest time of the year for road construction, so it is important for drivers to pay attention and avoid distractions in work zones,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minster Blair Lekstrom. “These workers are sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, and we want every one of them to return home to their families after work.”
This year, drivers can visit ConeZoneBC.com for more information. The new website is a driver resource with tips and helpful information about safely navigating through roadside work zones.
For roadside workers the “Cone Zone” is a potentially high-risk work environment in close proximity to traffic. In the last ten years, WorkSafeBC has received 386 claims from workers — typically working in Cone Zones — who were struck by motor vehicles. Of the claims, 46 per cent were classified as serious injuries and three per cent resulted in the death of the worker.
Every day roadside workers around the province experience near misses — incidents that do not result in workplace injury, but had the potential to do so.
“The difference between a near miss and a serious injury can often amount to little more than luck,” says Mark Ordeman, WorkSafeBC manager for Transportation. “Many roadside workers have narrowly avoided being injured by drivers, and have come very close to having their lives changed by a workplace injury.”
The summer months see an increase in roadside work throughout the province. These set-ups are not always road construction. Municipal workers, landscapers, tow-truck drivers, telecommunications and utility workers, and emergency and enforcement personnel set up “Cone Zones”.
When you enter the “Cone Zone,” reduce your speed, pay attention, and be respectful of the roadside workers and their workplace.
The “Cone Zone” message expands beyond the messages of two other initiatives — WorkSafeBC’s “Slow Down” signage campaign aimed at large construction projects, and the provincial government legislation that requires drivers to “slow down and move over” when approaching emergency vehicles stopped at the side of the road — to encompass all roadside workers.
About the Work Zone Safety Alliance:
The Cone Zone campaign is a joint provincial initiative supported by organizations committed to improving the safety of roadside workers. They are the BCAA Road Safety Foundation, BC Ambulance Service, BC Construction Safety Alliance, BC Flagging Association, BC Hydro, BC Landscape and Nursery Association, BC Municipal Safety Association, B.C. Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, FortisBC, IBEW258, ICBC, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, RDM Enterprises, Actsafe, Telus, The Community Against Preventable Injuries, Automotive Retailers Association, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, Lower Mainland police, and WorkSafeBC.
WorkSafeBC is an independent provincial statutory agency governed by a board of directors that serves about 2.3 million workers and more than 200,000 employers. WorkSafeBC was born from the historic compromise between B.C.’s workers and employers in 1917 where workers gave up the right to sue their employers and fellow workers for injuries on the job in return for a no-fault insurance program fully paid for by employers. WorkSafeBC is committed to safe and healthy workplaces and to providing return-to-work rehabilitation and legislated compensation benefits.
ORILLIA, ON, May 16, 2012 /CNW/ – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced today that it is cancelling the Request for Proposals (RFP) it issued in 2011 to secure Ontario Impound Facility Operators (IFC). The RFP would have established IFCs to provide towing and impoundment services for legislatively authorized tow and impoundment authorities.
Since the RFP (OPP-0460 RFP Motor Vehicle Impound Facilities And Related Services) was posted to MERX on May 17, 2011, the OPP has deemed it necessary to cancel the RFP and reissue a new one that better meets the OPP’s need.
Under amendments to the Highway Traffic Act enacted through Bill 126, vehicle/tow impoundment responsibilities for 45, 90 and 180-day vehicle impoundments have been transferred to police services and become part of other legislative seizures and tows currently under OPP authority.
The seven-day impoundment program for street racing;
The seven-day impoundment for drivers suspended under the HTA (excluding suspensions for defaulted fines and medical reasons);
The seven-day impoundment for drivers with a BAC over 80 mg. or fail/refuse to comply with the demand of a police officer (e.g. for a breath sample);
The seven-day impoundment for drivers caught driving without a required ignition interlock device.
The OPP is notifying all proponents who responded to the RFP and has commenced preparation of a modified RFP which it expects to reissue in the fall. Stakeholders will be notified as soon as the new RFP date has been confirmed.
The environment, utility customers and fleet owners to benefit from the program
SURREY, BC, May 16, 2012 /CNW/ –Following the Government of B.C.’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction regulation announcement, FortisBC is today announcing an incentive funding program to assist qualifying heavy-duty fleet operators to purchase natural gas vehicles.
“FortisBC sees the potential of liquefied and compressed natural gas as a transportation fuel solution in British Columbia,” said Doug Stout, vice president, energy solutions and external relations, FortisBC. “Over the past few years we’ve worked with several organizations with return to base, heavy-duty fleets including Vedder Transport, Waste Management and the Kelowna School District. Today’s announcement allows us to build on these initial successes and help realize benefits for the environment, existing utility customers and fleet owners.”
Program benefits include:
greenhouse gas emissions reductions – ranging from 20 to 30 per cent through the displacement of high carbon fuels such as diesel. Greenhouse gas reductions from the first five years of the program are anticipated to be the equivalent of taking 12,000 cars off the road.
fuel savings – natural gas is approximately 40 per cent less expensive than diesel. This could help reduce the cost of public services such as waste collection and transit and increase the competitiveness of B.C. businesses by reducing transport costs for goods.
“All gas utility customers will benefit from the additional volumes of natural gas moving through FortisBC’s pipeline system,” said Stout. “The costs of maintaining the pipeline system are recovered in the delivery rates of all customers. Better year-round, optimization of these pipeline assets, especially during the summer months when heating requirements are reduced, will result in a long-term, positive impact for our customers.”
FortisBC will be applying to the B.C. Utilities Commission for a determination on how program costs will be recovered from all gas utility customers. It is anticipated that the long-term effect of the program will be a positive impact to customers’ delivery rates.
“FortisBC’s new program will help build B.C.’s global leadership in clean transportation and could lead to the conversion of approximately 1,500 vehicles, bringing new jobs and other economic opportunities to B.C.,” said Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines. “Natural gas is a cheaper, cleaner alternative to traditional gasoline and diesel and this program will encourage more companies to take advantage of natural gas.”
The $104.5 million in program funding includes:
$62 million to offset a percentage of the incremental capital cost of a qualifying natural gas vehicle versus the cost of an equivalent diesel powered vehicle. This includes funding to provide training and upgrades to facilities to safely maintain natural gas vehicles.
$12 million for compressed natural gas fuelling stations
$30.5 million for liquefied natural gas fuelling stations
During the initial phase of the program, FortisBC will provide up to 80 per cent of new incentives for the incremental cost of a natural gas vehicle. FortisBC’s plan is to decrease the funding by 10 per cent per each following year of the program as the adoption of natural gas vehicles in heavy-duty transportation increases. As natural gas fuel use in the heavy-duty transportation sector matures over time, FortisBC believes that incentives will no longer be necessary. Although the incentive program is expected to expire in 2017, utility customers and British Columbians will continue to benefit as the adoption of natural gas vehicles increases.
Eligible applicants for this program are commercial, return-to-base fleet operators of:
FortisBC is intending to begin accepting applications in early June. All applications will be evaluated in a competitive process measured against defined program criteria. This process and the incentive awards will be reviewed by a third party fairness advisor. It is expected that program demand will exceed available funding. Successful applicants will be announced publicly with disclosure of project details and amount of funding awarded. Full program details and updates are available at fortisbc.com/ngt
In addition to its pipeline system, FortisBC has an LNG facility in Delta and another near Ladysmith, making the company well positioned to support natural gas as a transportation fuel for the B.C. market.
FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, including natural gas, electricity, propane and thermal energy solutions. FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and serves approximately 1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC is indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and operates four regulated hydroelectric generating plants, approximately 7,000 kilometres of transmission and distribution power lines and approximately 47,000 kilometres of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC Energy (Whistler) Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.comor www.sedar.com.
MEDIA BACKGROUNDER – FortisBC and Natural gas for transportation
B.C.’s transportation industry is responsible for about 36 per cent of provincial greenhouse gas emissions.
FortisBC natural gas vehicle projects
Waste Management has converted 20 new waste hauler trucks in the Lower Mainland to CNG.
Vedder Transport has added 50 heavy-duty LNG trucks to its fleet.
Kelowna School District has converted 13 new school busses to CNG
BFI, through its contract with the City of Surrey, will convert 52 new waste haulers to CNG.
In 2011, FortisBC received regulatory approval to provide temporary refuelling services to Vedder Transport through an LNG fuelling station. This interim station will stay in service until the permanent facility is completed later in 2012. It will be Western Canada’s first large-scale liquefied natural gas fuel station, helping reduce B.C.’s greenhouse gases by over 3,500 tonnes a year. Vedder Transport is able to safely and economically refuel their new fleet of 50 LNG-powered trucks on their own premises.
Converting fleets and vehicles to natural gas not only helps the province meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals but also helps improve air quality in the communities in which they serve.
Natural gas burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel, which can result in less pollution and greenhouse gases.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the principal greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, are reduced by 20 to 30 per cent
Natural gas vehicles emit virtually no particulate matter, the harmful microscopic component of air pollution that penetrates deeply into the lungs.
Businesses converting their fleet to natural gas will help meet the province’s requirements for greenhouse gas reductions under the B.C. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act.
Natural gas for transportation also helps achieve B.C.’s energy objectives defined under the Clean Energy Act.
More stable fuel costs: historically, natural gas commodity prices have been shown to be more stable, compared to the fluctuation of prices for diesel and gasoline. Natural gas fuel costs have historically been 25 to 40 per cent less than diesel.
Fewer emissions: natural gas is a cleaner burning, lower carbon fuel than diesel or gasoline.
Quieter: operators of natural gas waste hauler trucks report they are quieter than comparable diesel trucks.
FortisBC light-duty incentive program
Although FortisBC’s focus remains on heavy-duty natural gas return-to-base fleets to help establish the required re-fuelling infrastructure, it is continuing an incentive program for customers purchasing a new factory built CNG light-duty vehicle or converting an existing light-duty vehicle to CNG.
FortisBC is offering incentives for light-duty vehicles such as:
passenger cars (e.g. Honda Civic GX),
pickup trucks (e.g. Ford F150),
cargo vans and minivans (e.g. Chevrolet Express Van), and
FortisBC has been an active member of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and the Canadian Gas Association, helping to promote natural gas as a transportation fuel in Canada.
VANCOUVER, May 14, 2012 /CNW/ – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is offering tips for motorists during Canada Road Safety Week to increase their personal road safety habits.
“We want Canadians to be as safe as possible on the roads. These tips deal with common driver issues and can make a difference in the number of lives saved on the roads,” says Lindsay Olson, Vice President, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba with IBC.