FORT MACLEOD, Alta. – It’s been widely debated whether issuing monetary vehicle citations acts as a deterrent of future unlawful driving habits, but one truck driver has learned that the cost can be high…really high.
Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) issued a ticket Jan. 15 in the amount of $25,511.
“The ticket is in fact very real and was issued for exceeding the 10,000-kg bridge restriction placed on the Highway 22 bridge over the Oldman River,” said Russ Fikowski, and inspector with the CVE southern region. “The bridge is damaged and Alberta Transportation has placed the restriction to limit heavy vehicles from using the bridge.”
Fikowski explained that fines are specified in the Commercial Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulation and are calculated based on the amount a vehicle is overweight.
“Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers simply follow legislation regarding the overload fine calculation and do not decide the fine amount,” Fikowski said.
He added that CVE officers have stopped a large amount of vehicles from crossing the bridge, but due to the large amount of truck traffic they are unable to stop every overweight vehicle attempting to cross the damaged bridge.
“There are a large number of billboards, electronic sign boards and bridge restriction signs before anyone enters Highway 22 at locations throughout Southern Alberta,” said Fikowski. “Additionally, there are bridge restriction signs entering the construction zone and at the traffic lights before you cross the bridge, and drivers have ample room to turn around at both approaches to the bridge.”
CVE posted a photo of the over-$25K ticket to its Facebook page.