Edmonton firm could face big fines for overloaded trucks: police

An Edmonton trucking company faces more than 1,900 charges and a potential fine in excess of $3 million for allegedly hauling overweight loads of soil.

EDMONTON — An Edmonton trucking company faces more than 1,900 charges and a potential fine in excess of $3 million for allegedly hauling overweight loads of soil.

Police say between August and September more than 7,400 tonnes of soil were moved illegally and in one case a truck was almost 18 tonnes overweight.

Const. Dave Beattie says there are safety concerns about how long it would take an overloaded truck to stop at a red light.

He says overloaded trucks also cause too much wear and tear on roads.

Edmonton Police declined to name the company charged under Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act.

Alberta Justice says the man charged in the case is Avtar Gill, who is to appear in court on Dec 3.