Results of the two-day commercial vehicle (CMV) enforcement blitz held at the Mohawk Raceway in Milton on October 4-5 showed some encouraging signs for road safety. 2017 resulted in a record number of vehicles being inspected and showed an increase in compliance over 2016.
Police officers and inspectors from seven services, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Finance/ Environment yielded the following results:
• Total commercial motor vehicles inspected: 477
• Total commercial motor vehicles taken out of service: 156 (33% failure rate)
• Total charges laid: 331
• Sets of plates seized by police: 24
• Total commercial motor vehicles inspected: 470
• Total commercial motor vehicles taken out of service: 179 (38% failure rate)
• Total charges laid: 476
• Sets of plates seized by police: 35
Top six charges laid by police in 2017:
• Fail to complete daily inspection (58 charges)
• Improper brake (24 charges)
• Failure to complete annual inspection (22 charges)
• Insecure load (21 charges)
• Fail to have permit (19 charges)
• Overweight vehicle (14 charges)
“The results of the 2017 Halton commercial motor vehicle blitz reveal that there remains much work to be done to ensure commercial motor vehicles are safe. The rules of the road apply equally to all motor vehicle operators and ensuring a mechanically fit, safely loaded and secure vehicle remains the law. As always, safer trucks equate to safer roads.” said Sgt. Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit.
Halton continues to strive to be at the spearhead of commercial vehicle safety in Ontario. This is accomplished not only by enforcement initiatives such as this, but also with formal educational programs. CMV officers regularly interact with the community through events such as outreach programs, public speaking engagements and open house forums.