Believe it or not, a fully loaded dump truck with a full trailer was driving through Metro Vancouver with zero braking power.
As if that's not enough, several tires on the truck and trailer had severe defects that were in need of immediate replacements.
This vehicle’s condition was only discovered during a one-day commercial vehicle enforcement blitz conducted by the Delta Police Department (DPD) on March 16 in the 11900 block of Nordel Way in Delta, with assistance from partners from across Metro Vancouver.
“This vehicle was an immediate danger to others on the road,” DPD Traffic Unit Const. Jared Clark explained in a news release about the truck and trailer. Clark explained that all of the brakes on the vehicle were “completely inoperable”.
This was the most extreme example of vehicles pulled off the road during 59 inspections conducted, in which 31 vehicles (53 percent) were immediately taken off roads placed out of service.
Inspectors issued a total of 33 violations tickets.
In another case, a commercial cargo van had two tires that had worn down past the wear bars (zero percent tread) and tread surface to the tire’s inner structure (see photo above).
Officers also conducted 30 inspections on taxi and ride-sharing vehicles, with two violation tickets issued.
Roadside inspections of commercial vehicles are conducted periodically by various police agencies in the Lower Mainland.
In late February, Burnaby RCMP conducted roadside 238 inspections over a three-day period, which resulted in 131 vehicles (55 percent) being pulled off roads, and inspectors found 374 violations and 216 defects.