Letters to the Editor

LETTERS: Dangers need repercussions


I am writing to voice concern over a recent incident as I was riding my bicycle to work on Saturday, April 12 on King George Boulevard.

Near the intersection on 20 Avenue, as I was driving northbound in the designated bike shoulder, a dump truck passed me then immediately came into the bike lane, forcing me off the road.

I was screaming and laid on my air horn. He did not stop – he allowed a second dump truck to pass, then moved back into the motorized lane and continued to his job site blocks away.

I caught up with the drivers there and went onto the job site. I complained to the staff on site, pointed to the truck, and explained what had happened. They said they would “can him,” but I saw no serious action taken by site staff.

Upon arriving at work, I immediately sent an email to the construction company, which was closed. I telephoned the following Monday and asked that action be taken regarding the incident, and that I be informed when appropriate action had been taken. The safety officer informed me the site staff did not seem to recall the degree of upset I tried to convey to them, as they did not recall which truck was involved.

Further contact indicated the driver was a sub-sub-sub-contractor, and therefore the company had no direct control over the safety concern introduced by this driver.

I called WorkSafe BC to submit a complaint; they told me it was a police incident. I called Surrey RCMP, who told me it was too late for them to do anything about it.

I have tried to be fair and allow the organization time to handle this in an appropriate manner. However, I have learned there seem to be few, if any, repercussions for avoiding serious attention to safety.

I hope that by making the situation public, further incidents will come forward. Greater public safety is required when it comes to how we all use the road.

Darryl MacKenzie, Surrey



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