Commercial vehicles get failing grade in safety blitz

Some 40 per cent of commercial vehicles travelling through Red Deer are getting a failing grade.

Some 40 per cent of commercial vehicles travelling through Red Deer are getting a failing grade.

Twenty-one out of 63 commercial vehicles were taken off the road in a safety blitz on September 7 and 8.

Red Deer RCMP Sgt. Al Nickolson said he was not overly surprised with the number.

“I think 30 per cent is common in these situations. When we look at the out of service criteria, it’s anything from brakes that aren’t properly adjusted, a flat tire, cracked frames and springs, steering components or even proper drivers licence and registration. There a lot of variables that we check for,” said Nickolson.

There were a total of 91 violations and 60 regulatory issues. Of those violations, three vehicles were overloaded and three were in violation of dangerous goods transportation regulations.

The Red Deer RCMP also issued a 24-hour suspension in relation to a drug impairment and arrested one person on an outstanding warrant.

Nickolson said the safety checks are about making sure the roads are safe for everybody, not only in Red Deer, but across the country.

“All commercial vehicles across the country are required to meet specific safety standards accruing to federal and provincial legislation, and the inspection criteria we apply to each vehicle is set out by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance,” said Nickolson.

Nickolson is advising commercial drivers in the province to visit the Alberta Motor Transport Association website to stay up to date with safety regulations in Alberta.

The safety checks took place at locations on Johnstone Drive, the intersection of 77 Street and 47 Avenue and the 19 Street and 40 Avenue intersection.

Vehicles were checked for proper documentation and registration, properly secured and marked dangerous goods and other safety regulations.

Those vehicles that failed the inspections were taken off the road immediately.

Just Posted

Motorcyclist dies of injuries

Ponoka RCMP continue to investigate collision

Huge crowds gathering in downtown Toronto for Raptors parade, rally

TORONTO — Jubilant Raptors fans decked out in the team’s gear are… Continue reading

Boeing says ‘sorry’ for Max crashes, seeks renewed trust

LE BOURGET, France — Boeing executives apologized Monday to airlines and families… Continue reading

Protesters demand embattled Hong Kong leader resign

HONG KONG — Demonstrators in Hong Kong gathered Monday outside the office… Continue reading

After harsh Twitter exchanges, Senate will look at new social media policy

OTTAWA — An independent senator is on a mission to get members… Continue reading

Pro-pipelines rally draws crowd to City Hall

Canadian Taxpayers Federation says Canada missing out on billions in revenue

Canadian sports fans have changed since the Blue Jays’ World Series wins

TORONTO — After more than a quarter century since one of the… Continue reading

Henderson wins Meijer LPGA to break Canadian victory record

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Brooke Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic on… Continue reading

Franchise fatigue continues with ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Shaft’

LOS ANGELES — Brand familiarity isn’t everything when it comes to attracting… Continue reading

‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel coming in 2020

NEW YORK — A decade after seemingly wrapping up “The Hunger Games,”… Continue reading

Federal cabinet decision on fate of Trans Mountain pipeline due Tuesday

OTTAWA — The Liberal government’s $4.5 billion gamble to buy the Trans… Continue reading

Skier, 22 dies after fall on Mount Haig near Castle Mountain Ski Resort

PINCHER CREEK, Alta. — RCMP from the Pincher Creek, Alta., detachment are… Continue reading

4 years in, Trump fondly recalls Trump Tower campaign launch

NEW YORK — It was the escalator ride that would change history.… Continue reading

Massive protests draw apology from Hong Kong leadership

Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that… Continue reading

Most Read