Delta sidelines 184 trucks

Seventh-annual inspection of commercial vehicles reviews 429 rigs in three days.



One hundred and eighty-four dangerous trucks are off the road after a three-day crackdown inspecting big rigs throughout Delta.

From June 18-20, Delta police partnered with several groups including the Surrey RCMP and the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Branch to identify heavy trucks that may not be road worthy. The focus of the blitz was on business vehicles that may not be properly maintained, and could ultimately pose a danger on the roads.

In all, 429 vehicles were inspected, of which, only 37 passed.

Police issued 374 tickets to the drivers, and 184 of them were taken out of service.

There were also three vehicle impoundments, one indefinite license suspension, one unlicensed driver prohibition and one prohibited driver.

“It’s a thorough inspection,” said Delta Police Const. Ciaran Feenan. “If it’s deemed not to be road worthy, then it’s going to be taken out of service.”

Feenan said drivers need to be more careful about the condition of their vehicle.

“They’re putting themselves at risk, they’re putting their passengers at risk,” Feenan said. “But they’re also putting the community at risk.”

He notes that while this is the seventh annual crackdown of its kind, Delta police are watching for unsafe rigs all year.

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Surrey North Delta Leader

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