An annual commercial vehicle check by Delta police has resulted in over 150 unsafe vehicles being taken off the road.
The Delta Police Department (DPD) announced on May 13 that they held their annual crackdown on unsafe commercial vehicles by conducting checks in six locations from May 7 to 9, with support from other Lower Mainland officers.
As a thoroughfare between the U.S. border and Vancouver ports, a significant number of commercial vehicles travel through Delta on a daily basis.
DPD traffic unit Cst. Ken Usipiuk stated in a news release that the most common issues are tire defects, braking problems, or improperly secured cargo.
This year, one unsafe trailer was discovered to be stolen and was using stolen plates.
Over the course of three days, the inspection covered 378 vehicles, with 160 of them (42 percent) removed from roads. A total of 174 violation tickets were issued, with average fines ranging from $109 to $311 and some drivers receiving multiple tickets.
But drivers who hadn’t complied with previous orders received tickets of $598, and these vehicles were pulled from roads.
Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement regional manager Steve Bauer stated in a news release that this year’s focus was on container haulers, dump trucks, and artisan and vocational vehicles.