Members of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s 8-District and Traffic Enforcement Unit worked cooperatively with the Ministry of Transportation to improve road safety.
On June 26th 2017 officers from the NRP, assisted by the MTO, conducted vehicle inspections in the Town of Lincoln. Officer’s concentrated their efforts primarily on heavy commercial vehicles and contractors, roofers and landscape vehicles operating in the urban area of Beamsville.
Over the course of the initiative, 14 vehicles were given complete safety inspections to ensure they were mechanically fit to operate safely on the roadways and to ensure their documentation was complete. Officers laid 13 provincial offence notices for various offences including overweight violations and both major and minor defects, including issues with vehicle braking systems. One vehicle, in particular, was overweight 1000kgs over the safe operating limits of the vehicle’s rear axle.
The vast majority of operators and owners are fully compliant with the laws and regulations for the safe operation of their vehicles. They put safety first with regards to maintenance and driver training and they themselves want to have unsafe vehicles and drivers taken off the roadway. It is the few in the industry that operates unsafely that endanger the residents and visitors of the Niagara Region.
These inspection blitz’ will continue throughout the summer as part of the Niagara Regional Police Service’s commitment to road safety.