138 unsafe vehicles taken off roads in police drive

Investigators with the York Regional Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Unit, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and other Greater Toronto Area police services, hosted a two-day commercial motor vehicle safety blitz on Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28, 2016, in the City of Vaughan, as part of York Regional Police ‘s¬†ongoing commitment to ensure the safety of all motorists on York Region roads.

A police statement said that the two-day blitz was a joint-forces operation including investigators with York Regional Police, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Peel Regional Police, Waterloo Regional Police Service, South Simcoe Police Service, Barrie Police Service, Halton Regional Police Service, Ontario Ministry of Finance, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, York Region Public Health and Vaughan By-Law.

During the blitz, a total of 334 commercial motor vehicles were inspected. Of these, 138 or 41 percent were taken out of service due to various mechanical defects and safety violations. Provincial Offence Notices were issued for 283 commercial motor vehicle violations under the Highway Traffic Act, including insecure loads, improper tires, improper braking systems and documentation offences.

Drivers and operators of commercial motor vehicles are responsible for ensuring that their vehicles, as well as their loads, are inspected and safe before they hit the road. Any defect that compromises the safe operation of a vehicle can result in it being removed from service. -CINEWS

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