Caledon OPP were out in full force last week conducting safety inspections on commercial vehicles.
In all, between Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the detachment’s Traffic Unit conducted 55 safety inspections – 11 on vehicles weighing below 4,500 kg and 44 on vehicles over 4,500 kg. One truck stopped was found to be overweight, along with a bunch of other safety issues, so it had to be taken off the road.
On Wednesday, June 6, just after 11 a.m., officers stopped a Ford F-550 hauling a tri-axle flatbed trailer with a 30-foot metal auger on top south on Hwy 50. The registered gross weight on the truck was 10,000 kg, however the combined weight of the truck and trailer totaled 13,080 kg, making the vehicle overweight by over 3,000 kg.
As a result, the driver was charged with over registered gross weight along with a whole host of other charges police laid after further investigation. This included driving with improper class license, no trailer brakes, no annual inspection on trailer, insecure load, no pre-trip inspection conducted, improper tire, expired validation on plate, defective parking brake, no permit for truck or trailer and no valid insurance certificate.
Subsequently, this vehicle was placed out of service and towed from the scene by a heavy tow operator.
Caledon OPP undertakes these CMV safety inspections to ensure that all travelers on our roadways are safe.
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