Risks with changing Resource Road Radio Frequency signs

Safety Alert Type: 
Resource Roads
Location: 
British Columbia
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
2017-04-24
Company Name: 
BC Forest Safety Council
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Many resource roads have now been assigned standard resource road (RR) radio frequencies and signage will be in place to notify road users if these RR channels are in use.

Prior to starting work on these roads, make sure all vehicles involved have the correct channels installed. The RR channels are available to all mobile radio users, and can be obtained through commercial radio shops - provided the road users have a radio licence with the RR Appendix. These licences are issued by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Avoid changing the radio frequencies already assigned to a resource road. Changing the frequency from the assigned RR channel can lead to confusion and the potential for vehicles on the road to be on 2 different channels.

If there is a reason why the radio frequency must be changed (example - too much radio traffic on the assigned frequency), here is the link to the procedure to get the channel changed:

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/natural-resource-use/resource-roads/channelassignmentchgeproceduredec7-2015draft.pdf

For more information on this submitted alert: 

For more information regarding the RR channels or communication protocols contact:

1) A MFLNRO District Engineer within your area via Service BC 1-800-663-7867 or

2) The BC Forest Safety Council’s Transportation Safety Program 1-877-741-1060.

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Safety_Alert-Resource_Road_Radio_Frequency_Change-Apr_24-2017.pdf

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