Commercial vehicle enforcement officers check the giants of the road
Road safety is something that is always top of mind for our commercial vehicle enforcement officers. The team works hard all year round to ensure Alberta’s big rigs and tractor trailers are fit for the highways. And at the start of every June, they help spread the road safety message by taking part in the Roadcheck event.
Roadcheck, which took place from June 3 to 5, is a three-day commercial vehicle safety enforcement marathon. Every year, during Alberta’s commercial/passenger vehicle safety month, officers share information with commercial vehicle drivers about the importance of vehicle maintenance and driver fitness. They also check for compliance with federal and provincial regulations and collect inspection data.
This year, emphasis was placed on the following areas: dangerous goods, brake-safety awareness and hours of service. However, officers checked everything from exhaust systems to headlights and turn signals. 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.
Roadcheck happened at inspection stations in Balzac, Morrin, Slave Lake and Lac La Biche. Motorcoach checks were also conducted at the Calgary airport and the Columbia Icefield. Other enforcement officers are focused on commercial vehicle safety for the month of June as part of Alberta’s Traffic Safety Plan enforcement calendar.
Ultimately, these inspections help save lives by reducing collisions and other accidents, and in turn, help ensure the supplies, resources and goods transported on our highways make it to their destinations.