New Westminster – On October 22 and 23, 2014, the New Westminster Police Department, in partnership with representatives from the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch (CVSE), Delta Police Department, CP Police, Greater Vancouver IRSU, and the RCMP’s Port Mann Freeway Patrol, checked vehicles to confirm their compliance with applicable safety legislation at several locations throughout New Westminster.
As thousands of commercial vehicles travel through New Westminster on any given day, officers used their expertise to screen through all the vehicles and target for inspection those that appeared not to be meeting safety regulations and standards. In total, the officers targeted 149 vehicles for inspection. Of that, the majority of vehicles were noted as having minor defects and allowed to proceed.
While the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s inspectors were more focused on commercial transport safety infractions, police officers were checking both commercial and passenger vehicles. Ministry inspectors conducted inspections of commercial vehicles that appeared as though they were lacking proper maintenance and along with New Westminster Police Traffic members, weighed truck/trailer combinations to ensure they were not overweight, and checked for properly secured loads.
All participating enforcement agencies checked trailers to ensure the cargo was properly secured and that any hazardous materials were being safely transported in accordance with provincial legislation.
There were a total of 125 violation and municipal tickets issued over the two days totaling $22,419. The main charges were for speeding and distracted driving for personal vehicles, and overweight and load security for commercial vehicles.
Whether you are operating a personal vehicle or a commercial transport – as the driver, you are responsible for not only your driving habits, but also your vehicle maintenance and insurance.
Even though this initiative resulted in a large number of violation tickets, it is important to remember the overwhelming majority of vehicles are being operated in a professional manner.