A seven-hour road safety blitz targeting light trucks resulted in more than 75 tickets and notices being issued last week.
The Integrated Road Safety Unit initiated a check of light duty commercial vehicles at the Vernon weigh scales Nov. 21. The check is aimed at what RCMP call a serious problem of overweight and underlicensed pickups pulling trailers throughout B.C.
“It’s a huge issue on the roads as drivers are pulling large trailers and heavy loads without licencing their vehicles to carry or tow the weights,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson. “Not only is this a safety concern but also a large per cent of these drivers are significantly over their licenced weight and in breach of their insurance policies.”
The blitz resulted in 40 trucks being checked and a number of violations were discovered. The list includes attempts to bypass the weigh scales, overweight trucks, uninsured vehicles, one driver without a licence, notices of corrective measures for vehicle defects, a few impaired drivers were discovered and there were even some minor drug seizures.
“It just shows you what is out there on a daily basis,” said Molendyk, adding that most of the checks were done during daylight.