Alberta officers take part in joint operation in far north
Many of us here in Alberta are familiar with all the tools, riggings and provisions needed to safely operate in the oil patch. Well, working the diamond mines in the Northwest Territories is just as demanding, and all of the necessary supplies and equipment need to get to their destination somehow. Much of it travels through Alberta on commercial vehicles like semi-trucks and big rigs. In fact, this kind of traffic is on the rise in the north, and our commercial vehicle enforcement officers are working together with their northern partners to keep our highways safe.
Alberta’s commercial vehicle enforcement branch was invited to attend a joint operation in Yellowknife on February 19 and 20 to ensure commercial vehicles were in good working order and transporting cargo safely. Six Alberta officers attended along with representatives from Northwest Territories commercial vehicle enforcement, Transport Canada, Environment Canada, as well as officers from Yellowknife.
At a chosen inspection site, commercial vehicles were flagged down and examined. Commercial vehicle enforcement officers used specialized scales to make sure trucks weren’t hauling too much weight, and checked everything from brakes and exhaust systems to headlights and turn signals. They also looked at whether loads were properly secured and whether drivers were properly licensed and able to drive safely.
The operation was important because in the Yellowknife area alone there are six diamond mines. Supplies are brought in during the winter while ice roads are still in use. Millions of litres of fuel are delivered by truck and stored at locations near the mines during this time. Many of these trucks pass through Alberta, so it is important our officers are involved in making sure everything is transported safely and efficiently.
A significant amount of commercial traffic crosses over the border we share with the Northwest Territories. Joint operations like this one are vital to keep our highways safe and build upon our strong working relationship with our partners to the north.