Grace Kennedy photo                                This year’s three-day commercial vehicle inspection saw 70 officers sign up for inspection work across Delta, in an effort to keep unsafe commercial vehicles off the road.

Grace Kennedy photo This year’s three-day commercial vehicle inspection saw 70 officers sign up for inspection work across Delta, in an effort to keep unsafe commercial vehicles off the road.

Delta police partner with CVSE for three-day vehicle inspection blitz

The 11 year provincial and municipal partnership will continue ‘indefinitely’

Once again, Delta police partnered with a number of agencies, including the provincial Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) branch, for its 11th annual commercial truck inspection.

This year’s inspection is happening between June 13 and June 15 in eight locations around Delta. The idea behind the project, CVSE regional manager Steve Bauer said, “is around making highways safer for British Columbians.”

The inspection targets commercial vehicles to see if they are up to code on a number of essential safety components.

One of those key components?

“Mechanical fitness,” DPD Const. Ken Usipiuk said. That includes everything from headlights and windshield wipers to tire tread.

The officers also look at the whether the driver has a valid license and whether the vehicle has valid registration. Semi-trucks also have to produce their logs, which tell the officers where the driver came from that morning, and whether they had completed a walk around before setting off.

In total, Usipiuk said, the department inspects between 300 and 400 vehicles during the three-day event each year.

These are not random checks, Usipuik said, rather the officers target specific vehicles that look like they could be in violation of the commercial vehicle requirements.

Delta has one of the highest ratios in B.C. for commercial traffic, and Bauer said the partnership between the CVSE and the Delta police for this yearly inspection will likely be “indefinite.”

“Staff will come and go, but the organizations will alwasy stay working together.”

DPD