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Balzac inspection station hosts 72 hour vehicle inspection blitz

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 11:03 am

Peace Officer Shawn Lester inspects a trucks brakes during a surprise inspection at the Balzac Weigh Scales during last year's inspection.
Peace Officer Shawn Lester inspects a trucks brakes during a surprise inspection at the Balzac Weigh Scales during last year's inspection.
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The Balzac Vehicle Inspection Station on Highway 2 south of Airdrie, was host to a 72-hour commercial vehicle inspection blitz from June 3 to June 5.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers set up shop in Balzac, one of four stations across the province where the blitzes were held. The other three stations included Morrin, Slave Lake and Lac La Biche.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is the lead agency on the blitz and inspections are carried out by the province’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement department, under the office of the Justice and Solicitor General.

This year marks the 27th year that these inspections have been carried out, always in early June, and they are conducted across Canada and North America.

The 37-point inspections look at everything on commercial vehicles from the condition of brakes, to exhaust, to lights.

“June is commercial and passenger vehicle safety month across Alberta in accordance with the Province’s Traffic Safety Act,” said Jacquie Daumont, superintendant of Operations, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

“We look at everything on these commercial vehicles to ensure that they meet the service criteria standard to be on the road.”

There are a number of factors that can have a vehicle pulled off the road and in 2013, of the nearly 750 vehicles that were checked province-wide, 180 were pulled out of service due to violations of the more critical factors.

“Critical factors include things like brakes and lighting,” said Daumont.

“If there’s a minor violation like a turn signal is out, we’ll make a note of it to the driver and they’re given time to get that fixed.”

Daumont said these checks are paramount to keeping Alberta’s roads safe for everyone.

“A lot of times when you see an accident involving a commercial vehicle, it’s not the driver’s fault, but these are large vehicles and if they’re involved in an accident, the outcome can be pretty severe,” said Daumont.

“That’s why it’s important to make sure these vehicles are running up to safety standards.”

For more information on commercial vehicle inspections and safety standards, visit the CVSA website at www.cvsa.org


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