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Media Release

Release Date: October 9th, 2018 - 2:30pm

Originator: Sergeant Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit, 905-878-5511 ext. 5245

Contact: Sergeant Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit, 905-878-5511 ext. 5245

Location: Halton Region

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2018 Commercial Motor Vehicle Blitz Results Show Increase in Compliance



Results of the two-day commercial vehicle (CMV) enforcement blitz held at the Mohawk Raceway in Milton on October 3-4 showed some encouraging signs for road safety as compliance rates continue to slowly increase.

Officers and inspectors from the Halton Regional Police Service, along with six other police services, the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Finance/ Environment yielded the following results:

  • Total commercial motor vehicles inspected: 443
  • Total commercial motor vehicles taken out of service: 143 (32 percent failure rate)
  • Total charges laid: 268
  • Sets of licence plates seized by police: 13

2017 Results:

  • Total commercial motor vehicles inspected: 477
  • Total commercial motor vehicles taken out of service: 156 (33 percent failure rate)
  • Total charges laid: 331
  • Sets of licence plates seized by police: 24

Top six charges laid during 2018 blitz:

  • Vehicle maintenance (40 charges) – includes tires, horn, lighting
  • Fail to complete daily inspection (39 charges)
  • Improper brakes (38 charges)
  • Overweight vehicle (30 charges)
  • Failure to complete annual inspection (28 charges)
  • Improper class of licence (18 charges)

"The results of the 2018 Halton commercial motor vehicle blitz, while encouraging, indicate that there remains much work to be done to ensure commercial motor vehicles are safe – and are the very reason that these blitzes will continue in cooperation with our partner agencies. While overall charges are down, the number of commercial vehicles that continue to have preventable defects remains similar to last year (32 percent vs 33 percent out of service).  Compliance is a choice; Halton Police provides truck operators with numerous educational opportunities throughout the year to remain informed and compliant. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. The rules of the road apply equally to all motor vehicle operators and ensuring a mechanically fit, safely loaded and secure vehicle remains the law. As always, safer trucks equate to safer roads." said Sgt. Ryan Snow, Traffic Services Unit.

Halton Police continues to strive to be at the spearhead of commercial vehicle safety in Ontario.  CMV officers regularly interact with the community through events such as outreach programs, public speaking engagements and open house forums.

Commercial vehicle operators can learn more by contacting CMVSafety@haltonpolice.ca.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.