CALGARY, Alta. – Following reports of fifth wheel pin tampering, the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) is advising all transport drivers to ensure they follow regulations and company policy to properly inspect their equipment prior to getting back on the road.
The AMTA says there have been three separate incidents at different locations in Alberta where drivers have returned to their trucks after taking a break and discovered the fifth wheel pin had been tampered with.
The pin connects the tractor to the trailer and must be secured to make sure the two separate units do not separate while they are in motion, which could cause injury to the driver and others on the road, as well as damage to the fleet’s equipment.
The AMTA also asks all commercial drivers to report any suspicious activity to the RCMP, and if their rig has been tampered with, they are advised to not move the unit and contact the RCMP immediately.