Shocking number of tow trucks in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville fail inspection blitz

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March 21, 2022 at 3:40 pm

The Halton Regional Police Service – Commercial Motor Vehicle Unit (CMV) will be hosting two information nights for the public later this month at their headquarters in Oakville. HRPS PHOTO

Over half of the tow trucks stopped in Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville during an inspection blitz in February had to be placed out of service.

The annual “Towbruary“ Tow Enforcement Campaign conducted by the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Traffic Services Unit throughout the Region in the month of February found a staggering 54 per cent of the 103 inspected tow trucks failed inspection.

The joint inspection blitz, carried out with the Hamilton Police Service on the border of the two jurisdictions, resulted in a total of 56 tow trucks placed out of service and 155 charges laid under the Highway Traffic Act.

Load security, lighting issues and weight issues were listed by Halton Police as the top reasons for the failed inspections.

“To ensure the safety of all road users, drivers and operators of commercial vehicles are required to ensure their vehicles and loads are inspected and safe before they are operated on any road,” said Halton police.

The HRPS is reminding motorists that if they are in a collision, they should not give their vehicle to just anyone.

They ask you know your rights, know your tow. As the registered owner and/or driver of a vehicle involved in a motor vehicle collision, you:

  • have the right to have your vehicle towed by the towing company of your choice; and
  • have the right to have your vehicle towed to the location of your choice.

HRPS officers respond to collisions when the involved vehicle(s) require a tow truck. Motorists have the option to use a tow of their choice or have an officer request a tow from an authorized rotational list.

For more information, motorists can visit the HRPS’ Vehicle Towing and Seizure webpage.


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