Police safety blitz pulls dump truck off road, issues $4,400 in fines in Milton

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Published October 5, 2023 at 12:02 pm

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A dump truck is closely inspected during Halton Regional Police's Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Blitz. The dump truck would be placed out of service and over $4,400 in fines were issued. HRPS PHOTO

From worn brake air lines to overweight vehicles and punctured tires, this week’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Blitz  in Milton has kept Halton Regional Police officers busy.

The regularly held safety blitzes, police say, help get faulty commercial trucks and trailers off the road and keep our roads safe.

“Safe trucks and safe drivers lead to safe roads,” said Halton police on the X social media site (formerly Twitter) after kicking off this recent safety blitz on Tuesday morning (Oct. 3).

On Thursday morning (Oct. 5), an inspection of a dump truck with a pup trailer by Halton Const. Marc Taraso discovered multiple issues.

Several of the brake air lines were worn down from rubbing causing air leaks. The truck was pulled out of service.

“Proper pre-trip inspections are imperative,” said Cost. Taraso. “Some of these lines were easily observable/audible without even getting under the truck.”

Some respondents on social media wondered how this could happen when so easy to spot.

“Are truck driving schools missing these issues when teaching the drivers? Or is it laziness? Or firms not wanting to spend money on proper maintenance?” read one response.

The blitz got off to quite the start when inspectors found one dump truck with more than 13 infractions.

Charges included a punctured tire, brakes out of adjustment and being overweight.

A total of $4,400 in fines were issued and the truck was placed out of service.

The blitz is expected to continue through Friday.

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