Kingston commercial vehicle safety blitz results in multiple charges

Officers from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) inspect a truck during a commercial vehicle safety blitz on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Photo by Cris Vilela.

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, multiple agencies came together in Kingston to carry out a commercial motor vehicle safety blitz.

Officers from Kingston Police, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), and the Ministry of the Environment all participated in the blitz, which took place at various locations throughout Kingston. According to Kingston Police, the goal of the initiative was to “address commercial motor vehicles that had mechanical or safety issues, as well as those that presented a danger on Kingston area roadways due to load security issues.”

Over the course of the day, a total of 35 commercial trucks were stopped and inspected. Of those, 10 were taken out of service due to mechanical or load safety issues. That translates to 29 per cent of the vehicles inspected being taken out of services, which “clearly demonstrates the dangers that can exist on Kingston roadways due to commercial motor vehicles that have not been properly maintained or have had their loads secured improperly,” Kingston Police said on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.

According to police, at total of 15 charges were laid. Additionally, the Ministry of the Environment failed five commercial vehicles for emission issues, and issued two repair orders. On top of that, three non-commercial motor vehicles (under 4,500 kg) were also inspected – one of those was taken out of service.

“It is important for local area businesses to remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the safety of Kingston’s roadways,” Kingston Police said in a press release.

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