Nine vehicles taken of the road in last week’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Blitz

Posted On Tuesday August 20, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 20, 2019           10:15am

(Ottawa) — On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the Ottawa Police Service Traffic Services Unit, along with Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) officers, conducted a Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Blitz in the west end of Ottawa where 41 commercial vehicle inspections were completed. 

Nine vehicles were taken “out of service” for a variety of issues, including: defective brakes, weight restrictions, and no daily pre-trip inspections. These vehicles were not able to continue until the repairs were made or issues rectified. 

A total of 29 charges were laid between Ottawa Police and MTO, including no annual inspection, defective brakes, improper class of driver’s licence, and  lack of pre-trip inspection,  to name a few. 

“We continue to see drivers of commercial motor vehicles failing to perform and complete a daily pre-trip inspection,” said Ottawa Police Traffic Services Cst. Phil Kane. “One driver was operating a commercial motor vehicle while his licence was under suspension.” 

“This is the 5th such blitz this spring-summer – and the results are disturbing when you consider that 22-35% of the vehicles inspected had to be taken of our roads during these safety blitzes,” added Ottawa Police Traffic Services Staff Sergeant Marc-Andre Sheehy. “Traffic safety remains a priority for our Service and we will continue to work with MTO Enforcement officers to ensure that our roads are safe for all users.” 

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