April 3, 2013
City Hall News
Road Renegades Targeted
during safety blitz
Released by Zoya Stoochnoff, City of Chilliwack
Thursday, March 21st, the City of Chilliwack Safer City Program, in
partnership with representatives from the Ministry of Transportation and
Infrastructure's Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Branch (CVSE) and
Chilliwack RCMP Traffic Services checked vehicles to confirm their
compliancy with applicable safety legislation at locations within the City
As hundreds of commercial vehicles travel through Chilliwack on any given
day, officers used their expertise to screen through all the vehicles and
target for inspection on those that appeared not to be meeting safety
regulations and standards. In total, the officers targeted 35 vehicles for
full inspection. Of that, 7 vehicles passed with no defects, 13 vehicles
required minor repairs to be completed at a later time, and 15 required
repairs to be completed prior to proceeding.
While the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure's inspectors were
more focused on commercial transport safety infractions, police officers
were checking both commercial and passenger vehicles. Ministry inspectors
conducted inspections of commercial vehicles that appeared as though they
were lacking proper maintenance; weighed truck/trailer combinations to
ensure they were not overweight; and checked for properly secured loads.
The participating enforcement agencies checked trailers to ensure the cargo
was properly secured and that any hazardous materials were being safely
transported in accordance with provincial legislation.
There were 6 violation tickets issued during the day totalling $1,619. Main
charges were for mechanical defects including brakes.
Whether you are operating a personal vehicle or a commercial transport; as
the driver, you are responsible for safe driving practices and additionally
your vehicle maintenance and insurance. Even though this initiative resulted
in violation tickets of commercial vehicles, it is worth reminding the
public that it is important to remember the overwhelming majority of
vehicles are being operated in a professional manner.
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