Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service Traffic Services Branch conducted inspections this week on commercial vehicles travelling on major roadways in the city and more than 40 per cent of the vehicles failed.
The fall 2016 safety blitz took place September 13-15, 2016 along Yellowhead Trail, Whitemud Drive and Anthony Henday Drive. A total of 325 vehicles were inspected and of these, 42 per cent were declared out of service.
Over the three-day operation, 107 of the 325 vehicles examined passed inspection (33 per cent of total), 82 required attention (25 per cent of total) and 136 vehicles were declared out of service (42 per cent of total).
There were 502 violations noted by inspectors and 111 provincial statute violation tickets issued for a variety of commercial vehicle infractions, including overweight loads, faulty equipment, load dimensions and load securement.
These numbers show a slight improvement from previous years. In spring 2015, 51 per cent of commercial vehicles inspected were declared out of service. Similarly, 52 per cent of vehicles failed inspection in spring 2014.
“This week’s results are more positive than inspections from previous years, but we’re still seeing a number of issues with commercial trucks and trailers on Edmonton’s roadways,” says Sgt. Glen Bangs with EPS Specialized Traffic Operation Section. “We conduct these inspections to hold drivers and companies accountable for vehicle maintenance, equipment checks and compliance with regulations. Responsible commercial vehicle operation means safer streets for all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspections, held in partnership with numerous provincial regulatory agencies, are conducted throughout the year to help ensure compliant commercial vehicle operation on Edmonton’s roadways.
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