The ministry of forests is writing tickets this year for violating the traffic rules on resource roads across the province.

This may come as shock to some who may have felt there were no rules on B.C.’s forestry roads, or at least no one who was paying attention. That’s all changing after last year’s sad litany of forestry fatalities and injuries; many of which took place on resource roads.

The enforcement authority comes from the Forest and Range Practices Act which gives ministry staff the power to stop vehicles and carry out inspections. Actions can include warning tickets, violation tickets and the recording and reporting of non-compliance to tenure holders.

The speed limit on Forest Service Roads is 80 km/h or less depending on conditions. Forestry TruckSafe BC had been pressuring government to exercise its authority on forest service roads.

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