Truck enforcement focusses on load safety, brakes and driver records
Delta is a hub for large truck traffic, and that’s why Delta Police has a dedicated Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit. Checking for insecure loads, and for properly functioning brake systems are some of the most common work done by the two officers dedicated to this unit.
“In January 2021 the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit conducted 80 roadside inspections, and nearly half of those roadside stops resulted in the commercial vehicles being required to undergo a full inspection,” says Inspector Ryan Hall, who oversees the unit. “Many of those vehicles were ordered off the road immediately.”
The unit focusses its enforcement efforts on heavy truck routes, and areas with high numbers of commercial vehicles, such as the Scott Rd corridor, Hwy 17, Nordel Way, and industrial areas. Officers also conduct other related investigations.
While conducting an illegal dumping investigation in January, officers stopped a commercial vehicle driver and learned he was already prohibited from driving. He was arrested and given a court date, and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. Less than one week later, the same driver was stopped in a different commercial vehicle and was again arrested for driving while prohibited. The commercial vehicle he was driving on that day was also impounded. The driver received court dates for both incidents.
“Prohibited driving is a criminal code offence, and can result in jail time,” explains Insp. Hall. “Subsequent prohibited driving charges can result in lengthy driving prohibitions – meaning the drier might not be legally permitted to drive for years. This can significantly impact someone’s employment prospects.”
The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers also attend crashes or incidents involving commercial trucks. Recently a loaded dump truck had its wheel bolts sheer off, causing two wheels to break off the dump truck and roll across three lanes of traffic. Debris from the incident struck a construction flag person working at the roadside, resulting in a trip to the hospital.
The officers attended the scene and found several other defects on the suspect vehicle. Fines were issued, and the defective vehicle was immediately removed from the public roadway and a full vehicle inspection was ordered. Fortunately, the flag person is expected to make a full recovery.
Commercial vehicle enforcement is an ongoing priority for Delta Police, and officers in the Traffic Unit receive cross-training in this skill, to ensure inspections take place during all hours.
Lumber “load shift” – A semi-truck was pulling a trailer loaded with lumber. The load was not secured adequately which officers believe resulted in the cargo almost falling off the trailer. This incident occurred in Tilbury.
Collision aftermath – There was a collision on River Rd involving two semi-tractors. The collision fortunately did not result in injuries, however both tractors received post collision inspection notices. In this photo an officer inspects the damage and looks for possible causes of the collision. This particular incident was a rear-end type of collision, so it is fortunate the vehicle in front was not a smaller passenger vehicle.