New Westminster – October 4th through October 6th the New Westminster Police Department Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit and Traffic Unit, in partnership with the provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch (CVSE), have enlisted the support of policing and regulatory enforcement agencies from across British Columbia for an annual three day commercial vehicle safety initiative.
With the number of commercial vehicles utilizing New Westminster’s roadways, this will be one the largest initiatives of its kind in the province. The focus of the blitz will be on business vehicles that may not be properly maintained and could ultimately pose a danger on our roads.
The inspectors will be using their expertise to focus on vehicles that are not likely to pass an inspection. This is accomplished through a quick visual inspection by the inspector who also considers vehicle type and carrier history. Main items checked during inspection are: mechanical components, driver qualifications, brakes, tires, lights, steering, load security, driver licensing, and driver fatigue.
The New Westminster Police Department is one of the very few police departments that maintain a dedicated team of vehicle inspectors. This three day initiative is a great example of federal, provincial, and municipal agencies working together with community support to increase safety on our roads.
On Wednesday, October 5th from 10:30am until 11:00am the New Westminster Police Department and CVSE Joint Forces Operations (JFO) will be in the 500 block of Royal Avenue, New Westminster, where the media is invited to attend to film or photograph the initiative, and to speak to the coordinators of the JFO. New Westminster Police Department Acting Sergeant Jeff Scott will be on site.