A driving force behind road safety

Commercial vehicle enforcement officers reach high standards

CVE mobile VehicleThey conduct tens of thousands of inspections every year, stopping countless numbers of accidents before they happen. They are Alberta’s commercial vehicle enforcement officers, and they work around the clock watching for unsafe commercial vehicles, like semi trucks and other big rigs. In fact, according to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), they’re among the cream of the crop when it comes to keeping Albertans safe.

As part of the voluntary accreditation process, a team of assessors from CALEA examined all aspects of Alberta’s commercial vehicle enforcement branch’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. And in the end, the branch exceeded CALEA’s high standards and was awarded accreditation with excellence, one of only 24 agencies to receive this rating across North America.

Our commercial vehicle enforcement officers use specialized scales to make sure trucks aren’t hauling too much weight, and check everything from brakes and exhaust systems to headlights and turn signals. They also look at whether loads are properly secured, and whether drivers are properly licensed and fit to continue to drive safely.

Some officers patrol highways looking for unsafe commercial vehicles, and others work at vehicle inspection stations across the province. Commercial vehicles driving past these stations are brought in for a checkup. When a vehicle or driver fails an inspection, they are taken off the road until the problem is solved, and the carrier may also be fined.

Ultimately, commercial vehicle enforcement officers help save lives by reducing accidents, and in turn, they help ensure the supplies, resources and goods transported on our highways make it to their destinations. Check out this video to see them in action.

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