Vehicle safety focus of group initiative

A one-day vehicle safety initiative conducted by several groups resulted in six vehicles being taken off the road

A one-day vehicle safety initiative conducted by several groups resulted in six vehicles being taken off the road.

The North Okanagan initative was conducted Friday by members of the RCMP, North Okanagan Traffic Services, Integrate Road Safety Units from Vernon and Kelowna, commercial enforcement and WorkSafe B.C. inspectors as well as provincial conservation officers, and was aimed at all kinds of vehicles.

There were 25 private and 62 commercial vehicles inspected. A total of 26 Motor Vehicle Act charges were levied against private vehicles and seven such vehicles were given notices to fix up defects on the vehicle.

A total of 32 commercial vehicle Motor Act charges were issued and there were 44 notices given.

Three vehicles were impounded and six were taken completely off the road, though Vernon RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Gerry Kovacs could not say if the six were solely commercial vehicles that had been removed.

“For us to take a vehicle off the road there has to be a significant violation or safety issue,” said Kovacs. “Six vehicles off the road is a high number.”

Vehicles removed by police from the roadway have to go through a process of having the requested work on the vehicle completed. It must then be re-inspected before it’s allowed back on the road.

If a vehicle and its owner receive a notice and order, it’s usually for a defect like a broken taillight or a headlight that isn’t working.

The owner can still drive the vehicle but has a certain amount of hours in order to get the defect fixed.

They must then show police that the problem has been rectified.

The safety initiatives will continue.

“The North Okanagan RCMP is committed to safe roads and safe communities,” said Kovacs.

“Police would like to remind the motoring public that winter will arrive soon, and to begin adjusting your driving habits and prepare your vehicle for winter driving.”