If the experiences of the Burnaby RCMP are reflective of the nation as a whole, the commercial vehicles on our roadways aren’t as safe as we might like to imagine.
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In a recent roadside safety check performed in the Vancouver suburb, RCMP and commercial vehicle inspectors found that 67 per cent of commercial vehicles were “unfit for the roadway” and therefore ordered to the curb.
A total of 70 tickets were issued during the blitz, most of which police say could have been avoided had the operators performed a proper pre-trip inspection.
And while that ratio is shocking, what might be worse is that the problem does not appear to be getting much better, despite police handing out dozens of tickets at a time. Here’s another Tweet from the Burnaby RCMP from last fall detailing a similar impromptu inspection, which, believe it or not, resulted in the exact same percentage of vehicles failing the safety check.
Burnaby RCMP also inspected 238 vehicles over a three-day period in February, and had 131 removed from the road for a failure rate of 55 per cent. Of those vehicles pulled, three of the trucks were found to have at least one tire no longer on the rim.
Commercial vehicles taken out of service during inspection blitz
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