A commercial vehicle safety enforcement blitz in Burnaby resulted in half of the inspected vehicles being removed from roads.
On February 19, Burnaby RCMP announced that they would be working with 14 other police and provincial agencies from the Lower Mainland to conduct commercial vehicle inspections in Burnaby.
The inspections were launched after Burnaby RCMP found that 40 percent of commercial vehicles inspected by police (not the total amount of commercial vehicles on the road) had to be taken off the roads due to safety concerns in 2019. During commercial-vehicle safety checks over four days in mid-August, Burnaby RCMP inspected 179 vehicles and wound up removing 58 vehicles (or 32 percent) from the road.
The inspections were conducted from February 25 to 28.
Today (March 2), Burnaby RCMP stated that they conducted 297 inspections.
From those inspections, 147 vehicles had to be removed from the road, 440 violations were found, and 347 mechanical defects were detected.
In addition, 22 distracted driving tickets were issued to non-commercial vehicles.
Among the cases, on February 26, inspectors found a passenger sitting on a block of wood in a vehicle that ended up receiving three tickets for five violations for an amount totalling $1,018. The truck was placed out of service and towed away.
On February 28, inspection officers found an adult passenger using a child booster seat. The owner received a $598 ticket and the passenger had to leave by SkyTrain.
Burnaby RCMP added that hundreds of other commercial vehicles passed through their road checks and were deemed safe.
In May 2019, the Delta Police Department conducted their annual commercial vehicle checks and removed 150 out of 378 inspected vehicles (or 42 percent) deemed unsafe from roads.