No non-local commercial trucks on ‘Nicola Lake Road’
I support Kamloops-South Thompson Liberal MLA Kevin Krueger’s bid to restrict truck traffic on Highway 5A to only local traffic.
As a frequent user of this highway over the last number of years, I have witnessed a substantial increase in the number of large commercial trucks, many of which come from out of province.
Most of the trucks are speeding and only slow when they are warned of police patrols.
I have also witnessed a number of trucks not slowing on curves and being forced to cross the centre line.
The few truckers who obey the speed limit end up slowing the faster trucks and end up in a convoy of trucks.
I travelled this section of highway this past weekend and was amazed at how different this section of road is when no trucks are barrelling along it.
This narrow, winding section of highway with few passing lanes and tight, blind curves has become increasingly dangerous.
I don’t believe lowering the speed limit will stop truckers from using this route as they already ignore the speed limits.
As Krueger has stated, there are two quality highways between Kamloops and the Lower Mainland for truckers to use.
These new, faster and heavier trucks do not need to be on a road that was never designed to be a “highway.”
Let’s change the designation from Highway 5A to Nicola Lake Road and restrict traffic on it.