A Private Digital Two-Way Radio Network For The Okanagan Valley
Immediately contact one, many, or all of your people with a single button press. Anywhere in the Okanagan Valley
Introducing SmartTalk, Omega Communications’ very own private digital Two-Way radio network. Instantly communicate to your mobile workers in the field or on the road- Anywhere in the Okanagan Valley. SmartTalk is fully compliant within the distracted driving laws of BC. Remove the potential for your business to see financial ruin resulting from that employees’ errant phone call or text behind the wheel. Being able to communicate to a particular job site, or send a message to your entire staff across the Okanagan will keep your staff informed, and ultimately allow better service to your customers. Be safe, be legal, and be smart, with Omega’s SmartTalk two-way radio network.
Ensure your mobile workforce is communicating safely. SmartTalk is compliant with regulations in the Motor Vehicle Act around distracted driving.
The SmartTalk network is built with industry-leading digital infrastructure. This allows for incredible voice clarity and rock-solid call coverage.
Instantly communicate with one, many, or all of your staff at a single button push. Streamline operations and spend less time in the minutia.
Running business operations is a balancing act… Managing the staff, ensuring quality and serving customers are all part of being successful. Using SmartTalk can improve many efficiencies simply by having constant contact with everyone in your organization. Whether it’s turning a service vehicle around or retrieving that customer’s belongings- get it done quickly.
Everyone has a cell phone. Its a convenient and inexpensive option to communicate with your employees. But what if they are behind the wheel? One call or text to check an ETA could result in serious injury or death. Ensure your mobile workforce is communicating safely.
SmartTalk is compliant with regulations in the Motor Vehicle Act around distracted driving.
Since the amendments made in 2010 to the MVA, it’s common knowledge that the use of electronic devices is prohibited in British Columbia. It’s often unclear though, which devices are allowed, if at all. In short, the only allowed devices are Navigation Screens, MDT (Mobile Data Terminals) and Two-Way Radios.
See more details below:
- A driver must not hold, operate, communicate or watch the screen of a hand-held electronic communication device.
- A driver must not send or receive text messages or email on any type of electronic device.
- A driver must not hold, operate, communicate or watch the screen of a hand-held electronic computing device, one of the purposes of which is to process or compute data.
- Two-way radios: ½ duplex VHF, UHF and HF communication devices that permit the transmission of sound over a radio frequency.
They must meet the following conditions:
- Consists of a hand-held microphone connected to a transceiver unit that is operated by a push and hold-to-talk function and allows for oral communication, but not for the transmission and receipt of oral communication at the same time.
They may be used when:
- Is within easy reach of the driver’s seat; and
- Is securely fixed to the motor vehicle or worn securely on the person’s body in a manner that does not obstruct the person’s view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle.
- Hand Microphone: ½ duplex communication device used principally for commercial purposes (e.g., delivery business).
They must meet the following conditions:
- Is both receiver and microphone.
- Is operated by a push and hold-to-talk function.
- Allows for oral communication, but not for the transmission and receipt of oral communication at the same time.
They may be used when:
- The device is within easy reach of the driver’s seat.
- The device is securely fixed to the motor vehicle or worn securely on the person’s body in a manner that does not obstruct the person’s view of the front or sides of the motor vehicle or interfere with the safety or operating equipment of the motor vehicle.
Note: Hand microphones, including two-way radios, may only be used in the push and hold-to-talk function while driving. Other functions on these devices cannot be operated by a driver while driving.
Employers are vicariously liable for negligent acts committed by their employees. Depending on the outcome, the employer can be found responsible for 100% of damages.This often comes as a surprise to business owners:
The British Columbia Court of Appeal has confirmed that the vicarious liability imposed under s. 86 of the Motor Vehicle Act, RSBC 1996, c. 318 is to further social and economic policy objectives:
Section 86 imposes vicarious liability on certain persons for the negligent operation of motor vehicles by others
the purposes of s. 86 are …to expand the availability of compensation to injured plaintiffs beyond drivers who may be under-insured or judgment-proof, and toencourage employers and other owners to take care in entrusting their vehicles to others.
(Yeung v. Au, 2006 BCCA 217 at para. 1 and 38 (aff’d Transportaction Lease Systems Inc. v. Yeung, 2007 CanLII 44151 (SCC)).
Court Case Examples:
- Coca-Cola paid $24 million to a woman who was injured in an accident with a Coke salesperson who was driving a company car while using a hand-free phone. Even though Coca-Cola had a cell phone policy in place, the company was still found liable.
- Dyke Industries, a lumber company was found liable and $16 million awarded to the plaintiff who was injured when struck by a truck driven by a Dyke employee. The driver’s cell phone records showed he had been using his phone at the time of the accident.
- On average 78 people die every year where distracted driving is a contributing factor
- Distracted driving is responsible for more than one quarter of all car crash fatalities in B.C
- Car crashes are 5X more likely if you’re on your phone
- 2 out of 5 B.C drivers admit to using their phone at least some of the time while driving.
- The penalty for one distracted driving ticket is a $368 fine and 4 penalty points, in other words, $543
- If a second distracted driving ticket is incurred within 12 months of the first offence, $888
- A third offence would cost the driver more than $3,000
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