Release Date: October 1st, 2018 - 6:40pm
Originator: Sergeant Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit, 905-878-5511 ext. 5245
Contact: Sergeant Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit, 905-878-5511 ext. 5245
The Halton Regional Police, in partnership with other police and law enforcement agencies, will be conducting a two-day commercial motor vehicle inspection and enforcement blitz on October 3-4, 2018. The inspection site will be located at the Mohawk Racetrack on Guelph Line in the Town of Milton.
Enforcement officers will deploy across Halton Region, which includes the 400 series highways, looking for commercial vehicles that appear to be deficient in mechanical fitness or display a safety or load concern. Those vehicles will be subjected to a traffic stop and escorted to the inspection site at Mohawk under the authority of the Highway Traffic Act.
This annual initiative is an integral part of Halton's traffic enforcement strategy. Any vehicles found to be unsafe will be taken off the road. Cargo and the corresponding administrative paperwork required to be carried by the drivers will be inspected. Light commercial vehicles such as small panel trucks, cube vans and pick-up trucks with trailers will also be subject to this inspection.
Last year a total of 477 trucks were inspected over the two-day period. 331 charges were laid and 156 trucks were taken out of service, representing a 33 per cent failure rate, or 1 in 3 trucks inspected.
Road safety remains a top priority in Halton Region. Enforcement campaigns such as this are essential to ensuring our roads and highways remain safe for all users. Our aim is to send a message to the thousands of commercial motor vehicle operators who travel on our roadways that compliance to rules and regulations is non-negotiable and community safety will not be compromised.
To kick-off the event, Deputy Chief of Police Nishan Duraiappah will be addressing the assembled law enforcement officers at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Approximately 75 law enforcement officers from across the GTA have confirmed attendance. All media outlets are invited to attend and observe those remarks made to the inspecting officers before they embark on the blitz. Additional photo and interview opportunities will be made available.
Mohawk Raceway is located at 9430 Guelph Line (Highway 401 and Guelph Line) in the Town of Milton.