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Edmonton trucking company earns heavy fine for overweight loads

EDMONTON, Alta. — Exceeding allowable gross vehicle weights has earned an Alberta trucking firm a heavyweight $3-million fine.

The company was investigated by Edmonton police after they received an anonymous tip that the company was running heavy. The investigation found the trucking firm made 1,907 trips to a waste facility over a six-week period, exceeding allowable weights on all of them, according to a report in the Edmonton Journal.

The Journal reports the worst violation was 17.9 tonnes over the legal weight while all other loads were at least one tonne over.

You can read the Journal story here.

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1 Comment » for Edmonton trucking company earns heavy fine for overweight loads
  1. Rob says:

    This story about carrier in Edmonton running heavy. I have read few different articles about this investigation and not one story brings up the shipper. If this carrier came with 10 trucks to get loaded and another carrier also brought 10 trucks, did the shipper question why one carrier is being loaded more each trip compared to other carriers. Also, I suspect the drivers were paid by the KG or tonne, so drivers pushed to get paid more. Again, shippers that pay driver by weight and not mile should be required by law to have onsite scales. We don’t know all the details but overweight issues start with shippers and carriers. Many shippers are loading freight based on estimated weights. Many shippers with docks often do not allow drivers to watch load being loaded. So this investigation sure seems once sided. Yes carrier has a responsibility if overweight to return back to shipper to get product removed if they are heavy. But the articles on the web never address the shipper. I read one article that the consignee that received said they were not aware trucks had restrictions on how much they can haul. Maybe it is time that shipper’s and consginee’s who will load commercial trucks as part of their daily business are required to take a course about load management, load securement, weight dispersion of a load. Just my two cents.

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