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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 2: Minor vs. major defects

May 9, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection. 

In this episode we look at minor versus major defects.

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Video: CVSA Inspections Episode 1: An Overview

May 9, 2018 by elizabeth

We’re less than a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck sceduled for June 5-7 2018.

With that in mind we take a look back at this 2017 video series with Today’s Trucking editor John G. Smith and Samantha Sarasin, Ontario Ministry of Transportation enforcement officer and provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) instructor who explain every step in a CVSA inspection and answer a key question: What does a CVSA decal actually tell inspectors?

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Montreal blitz targets belts, phone use

May 9, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – Drivers of heavy vehicles around Montreal were under the watchful eyes of enforcement teams who were riding an unmarked coach on Tuesday, during a blitz run by Controle Routier Quebec with the support of provincial police.

The higher vantage point gave the teams a clear look at whether drivers were using cell phones behind the wheel or not wearing seatbelts. Both offences will see steeper penalties in coming weeks.

“Most people now use their cell phone on their thighs,” said Marie-Josée Michaud, public relations officer for Contrôle Routier Québec. In a patrol car, that can be difficult to see, but there’s no problem from the higher position in a bus.

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OPP week-long blitz puts officers in trucks

December 13, 2017 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are conducting a blitz this week on the province’s highways, paying special attention to heavy-duty commercial vehicles, and they’re doing it from a new angle.

OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair said the group is using the two OPP Class 8 tractors – normally reserved for hauling police vehicles around Ontario – during the week to give them a better view of distracted drivers in the Greater Toronto Area.

“Starting with this initiative, we are enhancing our observational investigative abilities on the road. Officers will now be conducting patrols in transport trucks,” said Blair. “By giving our officers an enhanced vantage point they will be better positioned to detect transport truck drivers that are distracted, or engaging in other dangerous behaviors behind the wheel.”
Officers across the province, along with aerial patrols, will also be participating in the blitz the OPP is calling Operation Safe Trucking.
Blair said the Highway Safety Division of the OPP has responded to more than 6,200 collisions involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on provincially patrolled roads since the beginning of 2017. Of those 72 were fatal, causing the deaths of 87 people. More than 1,000 others involved personal injury. More than 5,000 of the crashes involved property damage.
Blair says collisions have real social and economic impacts even for those not involved in them directly, with everything from the loss of life, to medical treatment costs, loss of productivity, and the disruption in the movement of goods and people due to highway backups costing business and individuals.
“The vast majority of [collisions] are attributed to poor driving behaviors, and they are completely preventable,” said Blair.

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OPP stage Toronto area CMV blitz

November 15, 2017 by elizabeth

MILTON, ON – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are cracking down on unsafe truck drivers in an enforcement blitz in the Greater Toronto Area, starting today.
Setting up camp at a weigh station off Ontario Highway 401 between Milton and Oakville, the OPP’s Highway Safety (HSD) Division say they are looking to raise awareness about safe driving practices for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, while also conducting inspections to look for unsafe operators.
As part of the safety awareness campaign, OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt from the HSD participated in a ride-along with the OPP transport truck to get a look at morning road conditions and point unsafe driving practices from all drivers.

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Nearly half the trucks in Southern Ontario blitz fail

May 15, 2017 by sehui

OAKVILLE, ON – Almost half of all the commercial vehicles pulled over in a safety blitz last week failed inspection, Halton Regional Police Service’s (HRPS) Oakville District Response Unit announced today.
Over the course of the two-day roadside campaign, 80 vehicles were inspected and 47% flunked due to issues with brakes, tires and other problems.

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CMV one-day blitz wraps in Ontario’s Halton Hills

November 9, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

UPDATE: Police reported Wednesday that 46 vehicles were checked over the course of the day. Thirty-two were placed out of service (69.5%) and 134 charges were laid.

HALTON HILLS, ON – Four Ontario-based police forces teamed up Tuesday for a one-day commercial vehicle safety blitz at Halton Region’s SportsPlex Park Arena.

The Ontario Provincial Police, Toronto Police Service, and regional police from Peel and Halton Hills, will be on the look out for aggressive commercial drivers from 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Distracted driving fines lead OPP’s ‘Operation Corridor’

July 27, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

LONDON, ON – The Ontario Provincial Police’s June 16 Operation Corridor crackdown on commercial trucks netted 52 distracted driving offences, while officials with the Ministry of Transportation took 11 trucks out of service.

OPP officials reported that when they pulled up alongside one truck driver, the driver offered police a rude hand gesture while he spoke on his cell phone. He was charged with distracted driving, a fine of approximately $490 in Ontario.

Meanwhile, another truck driver, police said, received two cell phone violation in less than an hour during Operation Corridor.

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New Brunswick tops Roadcheck blitz results as Alberta lags

July 15, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

OTTAWA, ON – Canada’s International Roadcheck 2016 results show that Alberta had the highest percentage of trucks placed out of service during the three-day June blitz, while New Brunswick earned top honors for the lowest percentage.

The results released by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) reveal that, as a whole, Canada had an average of 81.2% of trucks pass inspection by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which operated the blitz over 146 sites across Canada from June 7 – 9.

Brake system defects and brake adjustment issues accounted for 46% of out-of-service violations during the blitz, leaving much room for improvement, yet remaining in line with recent years. The special emphasis for International Roadcheck 2016 was tire safety.

In New Brunswick, 241 trucks were inspected, and 28 were placed out of service, creating an out-of-service average of just 11.6% for the blitz, the lowest in Canada.

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CVSA reports increase in brake violations

January 6, 2015 by Allan Janssen

GREENBELT, MD – Out-of-service rate during annual Brake Safety Week was 16.2% in 2014, compared with 13.5% for the 2013 event.

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Peel Police Target Visibly Unsafe Trucks, Note Poor Brakes, Tires

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

MISSISSAUGA – After a Peel Police safety blitz found 40% of vehicles failed, Today’s Trucking has learned officers targeted visibly unsafe vehicles, including pickup trucks.

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OPP blitz caught some truckers by surprise

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

ORILLIA, Ont. — The number of trucks stopped during the OPP’s annual blitz targeting commercial vehicles was down, but the number of charges handed out increased.

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Brake blitz nabs more OOS truck than last year

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON — A slightly higher rate of out-of-service brake problems on North American highways was reported by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and its on-road enforcement partners in the U.S. and Canada.

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Brake blitz nabs more OOS truck than last year

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON — A slightly higher rate of out-of-service brake problems on North American highways was reported by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and its on-road enforcement partners in the U.S. and Canada.