Safety blitz nabs lots of unfit trucks

WINDSOR, Ont. – Over 50 percent of trucks pulled over during a surprise enforcement blitz in the Windsor, Ont. area were put out of service – more than double the national OOS average.

According to the Windsor Star, 21 out of 40 commercial vehicles inspected (including cube vans) were taken off the road for safety violations and 39 charges were laid, mostly for not wearing a seatbelt.

Out of the 21 OOS violations, seven were for tires, five for brake defects, four lighting problems and three unsecure loads.

The national average in the most recent CVSA Roadcheck campaign was around 20 percent, which was slightly higher than the 18-percent figure in 2009.

For the total number of trucks inspected, Ontario generally has a low OOS rate, the most recent reflecting the national average of 20 percent.

Although MTO Windsor district enforcement coordinator, Stephen Trapp, told the newspaper that a 52-percent OOS rate is not unusual in a spot check in the region.

The inspections were conducted in the Ojibway Parkway and Sprucewood Road area.

Ontario Trucking Association President David Bradley told the newspaper he welcomes more inspections to take bad players off the road.

"They should be doing it every day and not just holding these blitzes," he said.

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