Portable Gas Container Precautions

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Do you know what precautions you should take when filling up a portable gas container?

Here are 5 things to remember if you use portable gas containers:

  1. According to the Provincial Fire Code, the only portable containers you can dispense gas into must be CSA or ULC approved.
  2. Gas expands as it warms. When filling a portable container, remember to leave an air space of about 5% just in case the gas expands.
  3. Do not fill any container while it is inside a vehicle, a vehicle’s trunk, pick-up bed or any surface other than the ground. Fumes could collect posing a serious fire threat. When a container is sitting on a non-grounded surface, like a plastic liner in the back of a truck, it is possible to have a static spark ignite the gas fumes. Remove the approved container from the vehicle and place it on the ground and away from the vehicle before filling.
  4. Keep the nozzle in contact with the container during filling. This lessens the chance of a spark occurring between the nozzle and the container.
  5. Never engage a latch-open device (these are found on pumps where you don’t have to hold the nozzle) to fill a portable container. This type of container does not generate sufficient back pressure to turn off the pump.

Please remember these safety procedures when dispensing your own fuel into portable containers.

Reducing Fuel Consumption

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Managing thousands of vehicles and equipment means managing a very large quantity of fuel. The ever-rising cost of fuel has the potential of driving up vehicle operating costs. To help reduce gas consumption, Vehicle and Equipment Management Agency (VEMA) suggests the following be considered:

  • Check out our Preferred Fuel Vendors list for maximum cost savings.
  • Have the right vehicle for the job. Sometimes a compact vehicle can perform the task as easily as a full size vehicle. VEMA can assist with the specification.
  • Promote pooled vehicle use within and between organizations. Why have three vehicles travel to a job site when two will do?
  • VEMA can supply exception reports to assist departments monitor abnormal fuel consumption. Poor vehicle condition or poor driving habits can be identified.
  • Keep your vehicle well maintained. VEMA’s Preventive Maintenance Program will assist with this important aspect.
  • Discuss with VEMA the installation of mesh tailgates, where applicable, to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency.
  • Determine if benefits are available through the use of alternate fuels such as natural gas, propane, or diesel. VEMA can assist with this decision.
  • Think about other ways to conserve fuel and forward ideas to your Vehicle Coordinator and/or VEMAinfo@gov.mb.ca.

Update on Anti-lock Braking Systems

Anti-lock Braking systems were developed to reduce skidding and maintain steering control when brakes are used in an emergency situation.

However, cars with anti-lock brakes are up to 65% more likely to be in fatal crashes than cars without them, says a recent US study. It appears that the problem isn’t with the technology, it’s poor driving habits and lack of driver awareness on how the brakes operate. Driver who rely on technology instead of better driving habits to improve safety are driving down a dangerous road.

Since much of the problem stems from lack of awareness of how to use the brakes, education is needed. Here are Manitoba Safety Council tips on operating ABS-equipped cars:

  • In an emergency situation, apply your brakes hard and stay on them. The more pedal chatter the better.
  • Don’t pump your brakes. Pumping is for standard brakes. It completely robs ABS brakes of their effectiveness.
  • Remember that ABS brakes do not help you stop quicker under most conditions. They do help you maintain steering control during braking so you can veer around obstacles.
  • The general rule of thumb is that if you have to avoid an obstacle, veer to the right. This way, you avoid oncoming traffic.
  • Don’t become an over-confident driver because you have ABS. Drive prudently as you always should.

Anti-lock brakes are designed to keep cars from going into a skid when the brakes are applied in an emergency. Designed to allow the driver steering control, ABS brakes work by automatically actuating the brakes on and off during emergency stops. They are effective in helping drivers avoid accidents.

Important Preventive Maintenance Program Update

VEMA continually looks for ways to improve its services to you. Now, we have adjusted our Light Division Preventive Maintenance Program to be more in tune with current manufacturer’s guidelines.

Due to improved vehicle standards, newer vehicles do not need to be serviced as frequently. Our updated Light Duty Preventive Maintenance schedules will save you time and money. It will also help to ensure you receive maximum performance and dependability from your VEMA vehicle.

These schedules come into effect on September 3, 2013. Our new PM Schedules are Adobe PDF documents. You may need your system administrator to download and install Adobe Reader for you.

When bringing a VEMA vehicle to a vendor for service or repairs, please remind the vendor to call VEMA for authorization prior to any work being started.

If you have any questions about the improved Preventive Maintenance Program, please e-mail VEMAPM@gov.mb.ca.

Additional Equipment/Accessories Request Form

To Vehicle Coordinators:

Attached is VEMA’s new Additional Equipment/Accessories Request Form.

This form must now be completed for all additional equipment and/or accessories your organization may want installed on a VEMA vehicle. This will help us ensure consistency within our fleet.

The form provides for authorization (Director and Vehicle Coordinator) prior to installation of equipment and/or accessories on your VEMA vehicle/s and equipment. The form is to be filled out electronically, printed and authorized. Once this has been completed, a copy of the form must be sent to VEMA – fax to (204) 957-1109, attention Repair Audit Technicians. A second copy is sent to the requestor. The requestor can then take the form to a VEMA shop or outside vendor for the equipment/accessories installation.

This process will keep VEMA’s vehicle and equipment specifications up-to-date and will assist us in further standardizing our fleet in an effort to reduce expenditures.

Please make all areas within your Department/Organization aware of this new process.

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact Sean Savage at (204) 781-7092 or by email at sean.savage@gov.mb.ca.

Thank you.

Al Franchuk
Chief Operating Officer

Listing of Vehicles with Approved Theft Deterrent Systems

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September 2006 – Listing of vehicles with Factory Installed IBC Approved Theft Deterrent Systems as Standard Equipment

The immobilizer theft deterrent systems available in vehicles appearing on this listing have been approved by IBC as having met or exceeded the criteria outlined in the “Standard for Automobile Theft Deterrent Equipment and Systems: Electronic Immobilization CAN/ULC-S338-98” – a national standard recognised by the Standards Council of Canada. In applying for IBC recognition of theft deterrent systems, vehicle manufacturers certify that the systems available in their Canadian marketed products:

  • Meet the performance requirements of the Canadian Theft Deterrent Standard.
  • Have undergone extensive laboratory testing.
  • Are included as standard equipment in the models listed.
  • Are available in the entire model year’s production of the models listed.
  • Not applicable to vehicles intended to be sold as fleet vehicles.

Although IBC has taken every precaution to ensure the accuracy of the information contained on this listing, equipment and specification changes can occur without our knowledge. Always consult your dealer or vehicle manufacturer to verify equipment availability.

The information contained is sorted my Make, Model and Model Years. In some cases, the specific Model and Trim of the vehicle is listed when only these vehicles have the Approved Theft Deterrent System for those Model Years.

To learn more about the IBC Approved Theft Deterrent Program, visit our website at www.ibc.ca. (click on Vehicle Information). If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the IBC Approved Theft Deterrent Program, please contact us at 416-362-9528 or toll free: 1-800-387-2880.

News Flash: Air Bag Safety

While vehicles equipped with air bags have proven to save lives in motor vehicle accidents and are considered effective, life saving technology, it is important to remember that, as with all safety devices, precautions must be taken. Information collected from manufacturers, industry periodicals and safety magazines was used to create the following recommendations.

  • Follow these precautions if your vehicle is equipped with air bags:

Dealers, Manufacturers, and VEMA continue to support the installation of air bags and do not recommend disconnecting them. Air bags do work when the recommended seating precautions are followed.

Air bags are supplemental restraints and are designed to work in frontal crashes. Your seat belt provides protection in all kinds of crashes and should be worn at all times.

  • Children 12 years old and younger should ride properly buckled up in a rear seat.
  • Never place an infant in a rear-facing child safety seat in front of an air bag.
  • Never allow children, or any passenger, to slide the shoulder belt behind them.
  • Driver and front passenger seats should be moved back as far as practical to allow air bags room to deflate.
  • Read the owners manuals for child safety seats to ensure they are properly installed.

These precautions are important, since fatalities may occur if they are not followed.

Manufacturers are currently notifying all registered owners, in order of serial number, on seating precautions as it pertains to their vehicles.

In 1998, vehicles sold in Canada by General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, and Nissan will start to be equipped with less powerful Air bags. The action is in response to an urgent request to automobile manufacturers to make the devices safer. U.S. statistics indicate that only 65 percent of Americans use their seat belts while 92 percent of Canadians “buckle up”. However, air bag design specifications for vehicles sold in Canada are based on U.S. seat belt use.

For more information, please contact Sean Savage at VEMA, (204) 781-7092.