After the recent death of a Castlegar tow truck driver, the Automotive Retailers Association of BC is lobbying for more changes to increase safety.
They say that drivers, especially on the highways, often don’t realize they have to slow down when passing tow trucks.
Ken McCormack, the President and CEO of the Automotive Retailers Association says they support the government recent efforts to increase safety.
“The public has become desensitized I think, they’re not paying attention,” he said. “They see the amber lights, but to them, it represents something that isn’t urgent.”
“I suppose that’s what’ going through their mind, and they’re not following the law.”
McCormack adds they’re still lobbying to allow tow trucks to use blue and white flashing lights, in addition to the amber lights, which he says should get people’s attention on the highway.
“Blue flashing lights or red flashing lights, that gets people attention,” added McCormack. “They know there is an emergency, and they are much more apt to slow down.”
“The lights won’t be enough there will have to be training and education. We’re going to have to continue with the ‘Slow Down, Move Over’ campaign.”
McCormack says a lot of their lobbying has been with the previous Liberal Government, but he notes Transportation Minister Claire Trevena and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth are both aware of the issues.