A truck carrying an excavator struck an overpass on Highway 99 at 112 Street in Delta last week. It was the ninth such incident in the past 12 months and the third in recent weeks in the Lower Mainland. (Shane MacKichan photo)

A truck carrying an excavator struck an overpass on Highway 99 at 112 Street in Delta last week. It was the ninth such incident in the past 12 months and the third in recent weeks in the Lower Mainland. (Shane MacKichan photo)

LETTERS: Overpass strike should result in automatic licence suspension

Editor:

Re: Truckers fight for info amid overpass strikes, July 21

The president of the BC Trucking Association seems like a caring person, but his quest for information on each trailer-load that strikes an overpass may take a while to get.

In the meantime, he seems to be doing very little. Isn’t it obvious that in each case, the driver has not adequately checked the load’s maximum height against the minimum height of each of the overpasses on his route?

It’s the driver’s responsibility. If each driver whose load hits the bottom of an overpass were to receive an immediate six-month suspension of his or her driver’s licence, then I’d expect to see many fewer incidents. These, to be sure, are not “accidents,” but are certainly driver errors through carelessness.

Bob Hawkins, Surrey

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