Over 150 vehicles deemed “unsafe” were pulled off the road in Delta recently, during a three-day, commercial vehicle safety enforcement blitz.
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The campaign took place from May 7 to May 9, and commercial vehicle inspections took place in six locations, including Scott Road and 120th St.
“The majority of the issues that our officers find are tire defects, braking problems, or cargo that is not properly secured,” said Delta Police Const. Ken Usipiuk.
Police noted that with Delta being a thoroughfare to both the ports of Vancouver and the US border, “it is no surprise that Delta has some of the highest numbers of commercial vehicles on its roads each day.”
In addition to the annual blitz, DPD also has monthly checks, and regular daily enforcement to ensure that unsafe vehicles are taken off the road.”
During this year’s campaign, 378 vehicles were targeted for a full inspection, with 160 of those being pulled off the road.
A total of 174 violation tickets were also issued, with average fines ranging from $109 to $311.
“A number of drivers were unfortunately issued $598 tickets for failure to comply with previous orders, as they had not yet fixed their vehicles within the allotted time,” police said. “These vehicles were taken off the road.”
Some drivers also received “multiple tickets.”
Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement Regional Manager Steve Bauer said this year’s campaign “focused highly on container haulers and dump trucks, as well as artisan and vocational type vehicles that did not appear to be meeting safety regulations and standards.”
Using this approach, he said, “we were able to quickly process vehicles that were in good condition, and concentrate on pulling the unsafe vehicles off the road.”
Among the vehicles pulled off the road this year, Usipiuk said one of the”highlights” was “an unsafe trailer that turned out to be stolen, with stolen plates.”