New Westminster – On Wednesday February 12th, 2014, NWPD Traffic Section members, assisted by several partner law enforcement agencies, conducted its second monthly commercial vehicle inspection project for 2014 to ensure that commercial vehicles traveling through New Westminster were mechanically fit and in compliance with applicable safety legislation. These inspections have been done on a monthly basis since 2012 at various high commercial vehicle traffic locations around the city.
During the six hour period, members focused on commercial vehicles in the 500 block of Royal Avenue, conducting 54 inspections, which resulted in 20 vehicles being taken out of service and 12 having to be towed from the scene, in addition to over $2400 in provincial fines and $400 in municipal bylaw fines being issued.
So far in 2014, the monthly commercial vehicle inspection projects have resulted in 135 vehicles being inspected, with 58 being taken out of service and over $9000 in provincial fines and $1500 in municipal fines being issued. In 2012, 1026 commercial vehicles were inspected, with 203 being taken out of service and over $50,000 in provincial fines and $28,000 in municipal fines being issued. In 2013, 729 inspections were conducted with 244 commercial vehicles being taken out of service and over $53,000 in provincial fines and $19,000 in municipal fines being issued.
“Traffic Safety is an important organizational priority for the NWPD,” said Chief Constable Dave Jones. “Ensuring that commercial vehicles are being compliant with provincial laws is a key component to ensuring the motorists in New Westminster remain safe.”
In addition to the monthly commercial vehicle Inspections, the NWPD are also in the planning phase of hiring two dedicated Municipal Commercial Vehicle Inspectors whose sole focus will be conducting commercial vehicle Inspections within the New Westminster.
“The NWPD are very aware that traffic management is a challenge for New Westminster,” said Chief Constable Dave Jones “This initiative will enhance our ability to work on commercial vehicle safety and allow more focus on other traffic issues such as distracted, aggressive and impaired driving, as well as high crash intersection enforcement, all of which are key components to overall traffic safety.”