Calgary enforcement blitz wraps up

CALGARY, Alta. — With RoadCheck just around the corner, the Calgary police department decided to get some early practice under its belt with a recent transport enforcement blitz.

The Calgary Police Truck Unit and other agencies across Alberta stopped approximately 400 commercial drivers between May 27 and 29 throughout the city. More than 353 commercial vehicles of all sizes were checked for driver qualification, load securement, mechanical condition and dangerous goods.

Ninety of those rigs (25 per cent) were placed out-of-service while 110 trucks (31 per cent) required attention. One hundred and fifty three (44 per cent) of the trucks inspected were completely up to par and passed the inspection.

Those results indicate a slightly higher out-of-service rate compared to last year’s crackdown, which say 24 per cent of trucks temporarily taken off the road. Some of the more serious violations included a broken rear axle on a service truck carrying fuel, and a gravel truck/pup combination with six of eight lug nuts loose on a drive axle.

Brakes, steering and suspension problems were the biggest ones hindering the rigs that were placed out-of-service. Police also found two suspended drivers behind the wheels.

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