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Truck improperly transporting excavator is among 14 vehicles taken off Abbotsford streets

Police agencies carry out commerical vehicle inspection last Friday
A commercial vehicle inspection took place in Abbotsford on Friday (April 22), resulting in 14 vehicles being taken off the roads. (Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford Police Department)

A commercial vehicle inspection in Abbotsford on Friday (April 22) resulted in 14 vehicles being taken off the road, including a truck that was improperly carrying a 12,000-pound excavator.

The inspection was conducted in the area of Windsor Street and Marshall Road. It was a joint operation of the Abbotsford, New Westminster and Vancouver police departments; the Burnaby RCMP; and passenger transportation enforcement officers.

Abbotsford Police media officer Const. Paul Walker said the random checks were conducted on 25 vehicles. He said officers found 98 violations and issued 62 tickets.

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Walker said the most concerning issue was the truck carrying the excavator. He said the inspection revealed that:

• the drive shaft was loose and had an inch and a half play along with its carrier bearing loose;

• the Tidy Tank carrying fuel on the truck’s deck was only strapped down with a non-rated strap, which was loose;

• the excavator was chained down with non-rated chains;

• the truck’s front bumper was pushed into the front tire of the vehicle, which was half an inch away from the tire tread;

• the truck’s deck was covered in loose gravel; and

• one of the excavator buckets wasn’t strapped down.

Walker said Abbotsford is home to numerous commercial vehicles on a daily basis.

“During the one-day blitz with the assistance of our policing partners, it’s concerning to see that over 56 per cent of the commercial vehicles inspected were immediately pulled out of service by officers, as they didn’t meet the minimum safety standards to operate safely,” he said.

Walker said the APD’s traffic enforcement unit will continue to conduct random inspections on commercial vehicles within the community.

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The front bumper was pushed into the front tire of a commercial truck that was part of a random inspection on Friday in Abbotsford. The truck, which was carrying an excavator, also had a number of other issues and was pulled off the road. (Dale Klippenstein/Abbotsford Police Department)

Vikki Hopes

About the Author: Vikki Hopes

I have been a journalist for almost 40 years, and have been at the Abbotsford News since 1991.
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