In response to complaints from residents and city hall, a sign was erected recently at the east end of Salmon Arm, asking truckers to avoid the use of engine brakes, particularly as they head down the hill into town. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

In response to complaints from residents and city hall, a sign was erected recently at the east end of Salmon Arm, asking truckers to avoid the use of engine brakes, particularly as they head down the hill into town. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm gets hopeful sign in quest to reduce trucks’ engine brake noise

Mayor asks RCMP to patrol hill on Trans-Canada Highway between 30th St NE and McGuire Lake

Salmon Arm council is continuing its quest to put a stop to engine brakes within city limits.

Current and previous council members have heard complaints from residents about transport trucks using their Jake brakes on the hill as they approach the city from the east.

In October 2019, council received two letters complaining of the noise disturbing the letter writers in their homes as large trucks use engine brakes on Highway 1 between 30th Street NE and McGuire Lake.

Semi drivers who use those brakes generally do so to reduce the load on foundation brakes, which helps prevent overheating and significant wear. The city has a traffic bylaw that includes the prohibition of excessive noise.

Council urged the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to put up signage advising truckers to avoid using engine brakes and reminding them that excessive noise is prohibited.

That wish has come true.

Read more: Salmon Arm residents urge ban on use of Jake brakes in city

Read more: Quiet times outlined in Sicamous noise bylaw update

At council’s Oct. 13 meeting, Staff Sgt. Scott West was on hand to make his quarterly report on the RCMP detachment and its work. Mayor Alan Harrison referred to an engine brakes sign that recently emerged along the Trans-Canada Highway near Salmon Arm GM.

“We’ve been working hard with highways to get the sign up and it’s up now. Residents have noticed it too and sent me photos of it… so that’s great for a start. How do we enforce it? That’s the question. Can you help me?” Harrison asked West.

West said the sign references the Motor Vehicle Act, so he can take the city’s request to the highway patrol unit which works out of Sicamous. He said he can request that they pay attention to it when they’re doing speed enforcement in the corridor.

Harrison said he thinks that would be much appreciated by residents who live nearby the source of the noise.

“Because I’m sure that you’re right, most of the truck drivers are very cognizant. But if it’s five per cent of 2,000 trucks a day, that’s a lot of trucks. Especially in the evening… I’ve sat down there and it is pretty loud…”

West agreed. “It resonates, just like from my house, and the train.”
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Salmon Arm counciltrans-canada highwayTrucks

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Okanagan’s first virtual wedding fair will be held Saturday, March 27. {Paul Rodgers photo)
Okanagan to host virtual wedding fair

Okanagan wine country is No. 1 destination for weddings - online event set for March 27

Vernon Search and Rescue, with help from the Air Rescue One helicopter out of Wildcat Helicopters in Kelowna, and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, were able to transport an injured snowmobiler to Vernon Regional Airport, where he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital with a serious, painful back injury. (Facebook photo)
Okanagan helicopter rescue teams called to retrieve injured sledder at Greystokes

Vernon and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue help load injured man into waiting helicopter

Chase RCMP held two men involved in drunken disturbances overnight in their detachment’s cells on Feb. 6. (File Photo)
Chase RCMP hold two men involved in drunken disturbances overnight

The two separate incidents took place less than an hour apart.

The District of Sicamous is trying to take over management of the Sicamous and District Recreation Centre . (File Photo)
District of Sicamous seeks management contract for hockey arena

The arena has been managed by a non-profit society since it was built in the early 1980s.

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

Kelowna flight potentially exposed to COVID-19

Third case on a local flight this month, compared to 14 through January

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Wills Hodgkinson, 10, and his mom Neeley Brimer get ready to battle round three of cancer. The community of Penticton has his back. (Submitted)
Community raises $21K to help Penticton boy battle third round of cancer

Okanoggin Barbers held the fundraiser on Saturday for 10-year-old Wills Hodgkinson

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
UPDATE: 70-year-old man killed in workplace accident at Baldy Mountain

The mountain closed on Saturday but has partially re-opened today (Sunday)

Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

Kamloops Fire Rescue battled a landfill fire which belched toxic smoke into the air on Feb. 27. (City of Kamloops Photo)
Fire at Kamloops landfill sends thick black smoke into the air

Firefighters made slow progress on the fire throughout the morning.

Most Read