Enforcement blitz in Delta turns up shocking violations

A fully loaded dump truck with a full trailer was pulled off the road in a recent enforcement blitz in Delta, after officers found the trailer had absolutely no braking power. In addition, several tires on the truck trailer combo had severe defects, requiring immediate replacements.

“Unfortunately all of the brakes on the trailer were completely inoperable,” said Constable Jared Clark of the Delta Police Department Traffic Unit on Wednesday. “This vehicle was an immediate danger to others on the road.”

This was the worst find of a recent one-day commercial vehicle enforcement blitz, which Delta Police hosted with partners from across the Metro Vancouver area. The blitz took place March 16, in the 11900-block of Nordel Way.

There were 59 inspections conducted overall, with 31 vehicles given notice and orders, or placed immediately out of service. In total, 33 violation tickets were handed out.

Another one of the vehicles pulled from the road was a commercial cargo van. Two of its tires were not only worn down past the wear bars (0% tread), but past the tread surface and into the inner structure of the tires.

Enforcement was also conducted on the taxi and ride-sharing industry, with 30 inspections occurring. Two violation tickets were handed out roadside.

The day-long enforcement action was a joint operation with area partners: Burnaby RCMP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, New Westminster Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Surrey Bylaw Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Surrey RCMP Traffic Services, Upper Fraser Valley RCMP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Port Moody Police Traffic services and BC Passenger Transportation Board.