NEWS RELEASE · 14th September 2010
Ministry of Transportation
The Province's Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) branch will be out in force throughout northern B.C. this week ensuring commercial vehicles are operating with safe braking systems, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond announced today.
"When our inspectors pull unsafe vehicles off the road, we find faulty brakes are the most common defect," said Bond. "We know that the vast majority of operators conduct themselves safely and professionally. We want to remind all drivers of the importance of ensuring their brakes are regularly inspected and properly adjusted."
This week's inspections coincide with the Commercial Vehicles Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Brake Safety Week, a North America-wide strategy to focus commercial vehicle inspections on braking systems. The results of these roadside inspections may result in increased focus on some designated inspection facilities and commercial businesses.
The Province has recently introduced amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act to provide greater oversight of the vehicle inspection process. With these amendments, it is easier for CVSE to cancel the designation of a facility or inspector for improper conduct and also allows inspectors to immediately seize the vehicle's licence plates for if critical defects are found, including those involving brakes. Critical defects are those that:
* Clearly affect safe operation of a vehicle.
* Should have been detected by the drivers during their pre-trip inspection.
* Cannot normally be repaired at the side of the road and are indicative of ongoing poor maintenance.
Enforcement will take place on major highways and companion roads in northern B.C. There are almost 200 CVSE field staff throughout B.C. who carry out more than 20,000 roadside vehicle inspections a year.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 15th September 2010
..it is because a loaded semi with faulty brakes can do more damage and injury than a rusty old Crown Victoria with faulty brakes. You think?
Comment by James Ippel on 15th September 2010
If memory serves me correct ( and remember, I am getting up there) we used to be able to pull a vehicle off the road if there were five MVA infractions.
Believe me, a diligent policeman can find five with no problem.
Some of the most common(maybe chickensh!t) but will certainly apply to the rust buckets we see.
Headlight out, taillight out. licence plate light out, faulty park brake, signal light not working, missing inside rearview mirror, and the list goes on. All we need is for the Police to have the time to check these vehicles, instead of being sent hither and yon on BS complaints.
I remember writing 30+ citations in one night for one headlight out. These junkers can be taken off the road, have Traffic Enforcement do the checks each time they stop a vehicle for any infractrion. It only takes a couple of minutes longer.
For the most part, todays trucker wants to make sure his vehicle is up to snuff, because he can'nt afford the time off. Also, all to often staff from CVSE are overbearing, wanna be cops, and enjoy making life miserable for the honest trucker.
so true Adam
Comment by bill braam on 14th September 2010
I see the rusty deccrepit ones and there's nothing I (as a mechanic) can do to make the owner park it. Not even the police can without infringing on the drivers 'rights'. Good grief, something really has to change, and in a hurry, please.
Comment by Adam Kirkwood on 14th September 2010
Funny eh? Commercial Vehicles go through more rigorous safety inspections and are held to higher safety standards than every other vehicle on the road. And if you're wondering, that ain't cheap. When I see stories like this, I can't help but wonder why they're not targetting the "rust bucket" set... you know the ones... four wheels, rusty as all hell, no mufflers, no brakes, no seatbelts, no emissions controls, sometimes, no side windows (save for the duct-taped plastic that Mike Holmes wouldn't even use for vapour barrier)... and yet they're allowed to roam around the countryside without a care in the world... whereas, a trucker has one light out and he can be put out of service... is it fair? No. It sucks. Especially when one of those rust-buckets causes an accident that involves a heavy truck and the blame automatically gets put on the trucker because his vehicle is the biggest thing there and easiest to see...
It just irks me, that's all...