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Quesnel Road Users Committee

 

 

Standard Operating Procedure

 

Mobile Radio Call Procedure

Version Date – May 24, 2007

 

 

Purpose:

 

This standard operating procedure is intended to outline correct procedures to be followed when operating on active/non-active industrial roads in the Quesnel TSA.

 

To give contractors/licensees a guide-line when establishing their own standard operating procedures for mobile radio call procedures.

 

Procedures:

 

GENERAL:

 

·                Obey all Motor Vehicle Act, workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation requirements.

·                Obey all posted speeds and all other road signs.

·                Seat belts are to be worn at all times.

·                Drive according to road conditions.  Do not rely on the radio.

·                Headlights, clearance lights, and trailer lights must be turned on and working when the vehicle is in motion.

·                All vehicles must drive on the right side of the road.

·                Slow down when on narrow road sections or when approaching blind corners, hills and intersections. [2]

·                Always slow down when approaching a bridge.

·                Maintenance equipment and ground crews have the right-of-way when working.

·                Loaded heavy industrial vehicles should stop for Safety Checks before entering a highway or other well traveled roads.

 

RADIO USAGE:

 

·                 Radio communication is an aid only.  Roads are not radio controlled.  Drivers must be alert for vehicles without radios.  Do not rely on the radio to warn of oncoming traffic. Drive by the road, not by the radio. 

·                 Radio channels are posted at the start of each road.   No other channels are to be used while traveling on the road system.  Radio channels and associated frequencies used in the Quesnel TSA are listed on the Quesnel Road Users Map.

·                 All vehicles operated on the Quesnel TSA should have a radio capable of monitoring and transmitting on the posted road channel.  All vehicle operators should be instructed in proper radio procedures.

·                 There is to be no scanning of radio channels while driving a vehicle on a road with a posted radio channel.

·                 Radio transmissions are restricted to calling kilometer location and important messages. Chatter is not acceptable.  If you must have a conversation, pull of the road in a safe spot and use a channel other than the posted road radio channel. 

·                 Profane language is not permitted on any radio channel.

·                 All logging trucks using the Nazko Highway should use the North Salmon channel (152.450) when school buses are operating on the highway.

 

CALLING KILOMETERS:

 

Quesnel  TSA roads are radio assisted roads, but for safety reasons commercial traffic must be radio equipped.   When traveling on a road with a posted radio channel, please remember the following:

 

·                All vehicle traffic headed in the direction of decreasing kilometers on a road system will call “Loaded” a minimum of every two (2) kilometers at the kilometer signs located on the side of the road.  This is typically every second odd kilometer sign.

·                Logging trucks are not required to identify type of loaded vehicle.  All other vehicles are to identify themselves (ie. Pick-ups, service trucks, graders, lowbeds, etc.).

·                All vehicle traffic headed in the direction of increasing kilometers on a road system will call “Empty”.   “Empty” bound traffic should call every even kilometer sign, starting usually at 0 km when road in heavy use.  Vehicles can call “Empty” more often if the operator deems it is necessary. 

·                Logging trucks are not required to identify type of empty vehicle.  All other vehicles are to identify themselves (ie  Pick-ups, service trucks, graders, lowbeds, etc).

·                Empty lowbeds with loads are to call “Empty lowbed with a wide load”.

·                All vehicle traffic will call when entering or leaving a road system including leaving a cutblock or when a road sign requires a mandatory call.

·                Call “Loaded” or “Empty” first, then the type of vehicle except logging trucks (eg. Pick up, lowbed, fuel truck, grader, etc) and finally the kilometer location.

·                Some industrial roads may use a call procedure of up/down if loaded traffic is running both ways.  If this is the case, signs will indicate call up/down.

·                “Empty” traffic will always pull-over and allow “Loaded” traffic (including loaded pickups) to pass unimpeded.  Find a pullout well in advance of the approaching “Loaded” traffic.  If road conditions are suitable, empties may continue, but at a reduced, safe passing speed.

·                When stopped in the dark to allow a “Loaded” vehicle to pass ensure that the headlights are on low beam.

·                Switching or scanning, on active roads assuming roads are clear endangers all users and is not permitted.

·                When stopping for any reason on a road that has active hauling, identify your location and approximate length of time stopping.

·                All traffic will pull over for working road maintenance equipment. Road maintenance equipment will always have the right of way and will call all empty and loaded kilometers.

 

PASSING OR FOLLOWING

 

·         Ambulance and other emergency vehicles always have the right of way in any situation.

·         Never pass any loaded logging truck or industrial vehicle before notifying them on the radio of your location, intentions and receiving their “OK”.

·         Loaded logging trucks or industrial vehicles are responsible for slowing down, providing room and providing the “OK” signal to a vehicle requesting to pass.

·         Keep a safe distance when travelling behind another vehicle except when passing.

·         When passing road maintenance crews on pulled over vehicles be courteous and slowdown.


 

LOW-BED PROCEDURES

 

·         Low-beds with loads wider than 11’ 6” (e.g. D8 with blade) should be assisted by a radio equipped pilot vehicle in front for any moves over 5 km, even on low volume or single user bush roads.  Piloted lowbeds follow normal calling procedures.  A pilot vehicle for bush moves can be any vehicle (pickup/empty or loaded logging truck etc.) with a radio clearing a path in front of the lowbed, notifying any oncoming vehicles and in communication with the lowbed driver with headlights and safety flashers on.

 

·         Low-beds with wide loads (wider than 11’ 6”) and moving less than 5 km or low beds with loads extending over the edge of the bed (i.e. over 10’ 6”) will call at a minimum every second empty and loaded  kilometer.

 

 

ROAD CONDITIONS

 

·         When encountering poor road or weather conditions (e.g. ice, snow, mud, speed, visibility, etc.) it is the responsibility of the vehicle operator to slow down and drive according to the road conditions.

·         Heavy industrial vehicles must carry tire chains during the winter months and they must be worn when road conditions dictate. 

 

REPORT OF INCIDENTS

 

·         All accidents, including “near misses” must be reported within 24 hours to the appropriate Supervisor for whom you are working.

 

ENFORCEMENT

 

·         Each vehicle operator has the responsibility to report any unsafe driving practice they observe. The unsafe driving practice should be brought to the attention of the driver carrying out the unsafe practice. If you are unable to contact the driver or the unsafe practice persists contact your supervisor.

·         Each contractor will be responsible for enforcing the safe driving practices for employees and subcontractors under their direct control.