Authorities clamp down on unsafe trucks 0
Commercial vehicle inspectors want yearly checks for smaller-class transport trucks, after taking 80% of drivers flagged Wednesday off the road for safety violations.
Motorcycle officers will patrol through Thursday, and can be expected to flag trucks that have visible faults such as windshield cracks or broken headlights. Police said it's a necessity since commercial trucks weighing less than 8,000 kilograms aren't required to undergo annual inspections.
The lack of checks results in potential violations, such as a truck's damaged mechanical shaft and rusted container, like those Vancouver Police Department Const. Gord Hubert encountered.
"There's a bin on the top, so if you're carrying a load (with a damaged shaft) and all the load starts coming out and gets over the road, it'll hit somebody," he said.
Within three hours, police pulled over around 40 suspicious trucks, the majority of which had some type of violation.
Potential violations could include faulty brakes, deflated tires, broken lights, damaged suspensions and not having driver documentation.
"We find when we do these checks there are a number of vehicles that have to get work done on them," said VPD Sgt. Peter Groenland.
"The vehicle is taken off the road immediately . the plates are taken off the vehicle, so it can't be used until it's fully inspected again."
Newly appointed Transport Minister Mary Polak said the commercial vehicle inspection system B.C. has in place is already "robust," but said she doesn't have enough detail on the specific issue.
"We do have quite a large number of inspectors, mobile inspections for example," Polak said.