City police marked a slight improvement this year over last as they compare commercial vehicle inspections. This year 111 tickets were written after police stopped 325 commercial vehicles along city freeways.
EPS Cst. Andrew Hiller says the condition of some of the vehicles that were declared out of service might have been as a result of the downturn in the economy.
“We have seen a bit of this economic impact, I guess, with some of the companies. With that being said, it brings in a lot of new companies to the city area as well, and some of those companies might not have had those inspections before.”
With the downturn Hiller says it cuts both ways. Some companies are taking the extra time to update and maintain their fleet, while others are moving operations into the city, and are bringing vehicles that haven’t been inspected for far too long.
This year 42 percent of the 325 inspections rated a fail, that’s a bit better than the 51 percent from last year and the 52 percent from 2014.
Hiller says most of the infractions were for improperly secured or overweight loads, faulty equipment and driver documentation issues. Hiller has some advice for drivers who think they might spot an infraction.
“If it doesn’t look right, it’s probably not right. Everything is supposed to be secured on those vehicles, and if it does come off it could cause quite a bit of damage or injury to a vehicle and also to the infrastructure here. If anybody does see anything like that they can call the Edmonton Police.”
Hiller says it wasn’t just the the city police that took part in the blitz.
“The RCMP, Calgary City Police, Edmonton Community Standards also the Solicitor General and quite a few County Peace Officers as well from different areas around the province.”
The blitz ran from September 13th to 15th along the Yellowhead, Whitemud and the Anthony Henday Drive.