Safety blitz targets commercial trucks

A three-day safety blitz inspecting commercial vehicles resulted in 1,845 trucks being inspected and 814 tickets being handed out last week.

Members of the Langley RCMP traffic services in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and WorkSafe BC selected 169 trucks for further inspection, of which 76 required minor repairs and 53 required repair before being allowed back on the road.

Log book violations was the most common infraction, at 39 out of the 169 pulled over. There were 31 vehicle defects, 24 insecure loads and 12 overweight.

Of the commercial trucks pulled over, 43 drivers were ticketed for using their cellphones, 76 were given speeding tickets, 61 had driver’s license infractions and 91 weren’t using seatbelts.

RCMP officers checked the trailers to ensure the cargo was properly secured and that any hazardous materials were being safely transported in accordance with provincial legislation.

“Even though this initiative resulting in a large number of violation tickets (814), it is important to remember the overwhelming majority of vehicles checked were being operated in a professional manner,” said Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks. “There has been an increase in serious injuries and/or fatal collisions involving commercial vehicles.”

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