One-day blitz in Chilliwack targeted unsafe vehicles

The City of Chilliwack's one-day blitz of commercial vehicle safety inspections resulted in six violation tickets totalling $1,619 in fines.

The City of Chilliwack’s one-day blitz of commercial vehicle safety inspections resulted in six violation tickets totalling $1,619 in fines.

Out of 35 full inspections on March 21, nearly half of the vehicles could not continue on the road before completing major repairs. Another 13 needed minor repairs. Only seven passed inspection.

Hundreds of commercial vehicles pass through Chilliwack every day. The city’s Safer City Program worked with Chilliwack RCMP Traffic Services and the provincial commercial vehicle safety branch to target vehicles that appeared not to be meeting safety regulations.

“We screen from the bigger numbers, and drill down to smaller numbers, and that’s what we concentrate on. It’s the bad carriers, and leave the many hundreds of other carriers free to do their business safely. We’ll concentrate on the few bad ones, and potentially correct that, or take them off the road,” said Bruce Calbick from the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) branch of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

CVSE regularly screens commercial trucks on the road, but this was a rare instance of a larger-scale check.

To target potentially unsafe vehicles, CVSE screened hundreds of trucks for visual defects, such as a cracked windshield, soft or flat tire, burned out indicator bulb, and other indicators that suggest overall neglect.

They also checked for overweight trucks, that loads were properly secured, and that any hazardous material were transported according to provincial regulations.

Calbick said that the number of vehicles that failed inspection is in line with the North American average out-of-service rate. Most defects that took vehicles off the road are minor, including broken turn signal lights.

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