Number of failed vehicle inspections up during annual truck enforcement blitz in Milton

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Published October 6, 2023 at 2:25 pm

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Halton Regional Police laid some 290 charges during their annual Annual Commercial Vehicle (CMV) Enforcement Blitz in Milton on Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 3-4). HRPS PHOTO

The percentage of vehicles who failed inspection during Halton Regional Police’s Annual Commercial Vehicle (CMV) Enforcement Blitz was up slightly this year.

Over 290 charges (provincial offence notices) were handed out and 149 vehicles taken out of service during the 22nd annual blitz held Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 3-4) at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Milton.

With the help of neighbouring police services and agencies, local police inspected some 475 commercial vehicles with 31 per cent of those getting a failing grade.

That’s up slightly from 2022 when 95 of the 316 transport trucks, dump trucks and other commercial motor vehicles (a 30 per cent failure rate) were pulled off the road.

The aim of the safety blitz, said police, is to make sure the CMVs are operating safely on the roads, ensuring they comply with the safety standards pertaining to mechanical fitness, weights, load security, safety, and licencing.

“With the help of our partner agencies, it has become the largest of its kind in Ontario,” Sergeant William Clayton, Traffic Services Unit, said of the annual enforcement blitz. “Road safety remains a top priority in Halton region. Enforcement campaigns such as this one are essential to ensuring our roads remain as safe as possible. Mechanical fitness, load security and weight compliance continue to be an issue we are seeing.

“These trucks require a commitment to maintenance and diligence in daily inspections by the operators. I give credit to those in the industry who recognize the importance of making it a priority. Operators who choose to neglect their duties will be held accountable. Safe trucks and safe drivers lead to safe roads.”

Other results from this year’s blitz included 97 mandatory alcohol screenings being conducted along with three sets of licence plates seized.

Last year’s inspections resulted in 208 charges being laid.

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