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Almost half of inspected commercial vehicles in Durham Region, Ont. taken off the road due to safety concerns, police say

October 26, 2015   by Canadian Underwriter

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Approximately 48% of commercial vehicles inspected in the northern part of Durham Region, Ont. last week were taken off the road due to safety concerns.

Fifteen of 31 inspected vehicles were removed from service for "various defects." Photo: Durham Regional Police Service

In total, 31 vehicles were inspected and 15 were removed from service for “various defects,” the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) said in a press release on Friday. The majority were removed because of faulty equipment and vehicle maintenance issues and a total of 17 charges were laid under the Highway Traffic Act for various offences, the DRPS reported.

Durham Regional Police Service Traffic Services and divisional traffic officers conducted the commercial safety initiative with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Transportation. Police stopped vehicles in Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge and directed them to an inspection site in Manchester, the release said, adding that the vehicles stopped included tractor trailers, dump trucks, delivery vans and large pick-up trucks.

“DRPS would like to remind company employees who operate company vehicles and truck owners that they are responsible for ensuring that the vehicle they operate is safe,” the police service warned.

The results of the inspection came just two weeks after Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) released their results from a two-day commercial vehicle enforcement blitz held at the Mohawk Raceway in Milton, Ont. The latter blitz “surpassed records [related to] the number of vehicles inspected and the total number of charges from previous years,” the HRPS said in a statement on Oct. 8.

In total, police officers and inspectors from eight police services and two provincial ministries inspected 472 commercial vehicles and took 167 out of service – a 35% failure rate. A total of 348 charges were laid and 29 sets of plates were seized, according to the HRPS. Other offences included:

• Insurance violations – 10

• Failure to complete annual inspection – 55

• Improper brakes – 16

• Insecure loads – 23

• Failure to complete daily inspection – 60

• Dangerous goods violations – 5 and

• Drivers’ licence violations – 13.