Red Deer, Alberta – During two days of checks for commercial vehicle safety in the city, Red Deer RCMP and their enforcement partners inspected 67 commercial vehicles and took 25% of them out of service for safety violations.
The July 5 and 6 checks were conducted as part of a provincial traffic focus on commercial vehicle safety and took place at two locations: Highway 11A and the intersection of 19 Street and 40 Avenue in Red Deer. Level 1 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspections of commercial vehicles include the use of “thermal eye” technology, which identifies heat signatures to indicate issues with brakes, wheel bearings and other mechanical parts. Vehicles were also checked to ensure they had the proper documentation and registration, that dangerous goods were properly secured and marked, and that those transporting animals were following health regulations.
The results of the compliance check resulted in 25% of vehicles being placed out of service. These vehicles are required to be fixed immediately and are not allowed on the road until violations have been corrected. 95 violations and 71 regulatory issues were identified in total. Of these violations, 3 vehicles were found to be overloaded and 4 were in violation of dangerous goods transportation regulations. Inspectors issued a total of 19 violation tickets to commercial vehicles.
Total Level 1 CVSA inspections: 67
- Out of Service: 25%
- Required Attention: 34%
- Pass: 40%
- CVSA violations: 95
- Regulatory violations: 71
- # of follow-up visits for Dangerous Goods and Vehicle Safety investigators: 3
“Public safety is our main concern,” says Sergeant Al Nickolson of the Red Deer RCMP. “The Commercial Vehicle Safety Association sets the standards, and our role is to make sure operators then maintain those standards. During these checks, we also do a lot of public education.”
Officers from Red Deer RCMP Traffic unit, City of Red Deer Community Peace Officers, Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch, City of Lacombe Police, Lacombe County, Red Deer County, Alberta Dangerous Goods, and Alberta Vehicle Safety conducted the safety checks.
Sgt. Al Nickolson
Red Deer RCMP