Commercial vehicles were being checked by inspectors across Chilliwack in a special safety campaign on Oct. 2-3.

Commercial vehicles were being checked by inspectors across Chilliwack in a special safety campaign on Oct. 2-3.

Half of the commercial vehicles needed repairs

Vehicles were checked by provincial inspectors at various spots across Chilliwack in a special safety campaign Oct. 2-3

It could have been the brakes, steering or load security that led to a ticket.

Half of the commercial vehicles targeted for inspection in early October required repairs before they were allowed to proceed.

Vehicles were being checked by provincial inspectors at various spots across Chilliwack in a special safety campaign Oct. 2-3. Only six of the 46 inspected vehicles passed muster.

Fourteen tickets were written. It was a result of a partnership between the City of Chilliwack Safer City Program, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch (CVSE) and Chilliwack RCMP Traffic Services.

“Hundreds of commercial vehicles travel through Chilliwack on any given day,” said Samantha Piper, public safety expert for City of Chilliwack.

“The inspectors used their expertise to focus on vehicles that were not likely to pass an inspection.”

Items on the checklists included the vehicles’ mechanical components and driver qualifications, brakes, tires, lights, steering, load security, driver licensing and fatigue levels.

While provincial inspectors were focused on commercial transport safety infractions, police officers were checking both commercial and passenger vehicles. Enforcement agencies also checked trailers to ensure their cargo was properly secured and that any hazardous materials were being safely transported in accordance with provincial legislation.

Officers targeted 46 vehicles for full inspection. Of that total, six passed with no defects, 17 required minor repairs to be completed at a later time, and 23 required repairs to be completed.

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