Three-day safety blitz takes over 100 vehicles off Saskatchewan roads –


During a three-day blitz by inspectors from the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol (SHP) and SGI, a significant number of commercial vehicles were removed from the roads.

As part of the North American Roadcheck initiative, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspectors conducted 332 vehicle checks at the Langham Weigh Scale from May 13 to 16. The SHP enforces the provincial Road Safety Act and regulations and prosecutes violations of all motor vehicles operating in the province. Officers check drivers for driver's license, insurance, fatigue, and drug and alcohol abuse.

This resulted in the removal of 103 vehicles due to problems with load security and brakes. Twelve drivers were removed from service due to exceeding the hours of service limit, false statements, driver's license endorsements and drug abuse. A further 81 vehicles were found to have mechanical defects that required immediate repair.

During the Blitz program, 148 trucks/power units and 82 trailers passed inspection and received CVSA stickers, which are applied when no critical violations are found during the applicable inspections.

International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event where CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and education initiatives on various aspects of trucking company, vehicle and driver safety. It is the world's largest targeted enforcement program for commercial vehicles, inspecting an average of 15 trucks and coaches per minute over a 73-hour period across North America.

Since its launch in 1988, International Roadcheck has carried out more than 1.8 million roadside checks.

The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol will participate in additional CVSA campaigns later this year focusing on safe driving and braking safety.