Ottawa Police, with the help of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministries of Environment and Transportation, are cracking down on truck drivers over the next couple of days.
Officers stationed at the Kanata Rec Centre are conducting a Commerical Motor Vehicle Blitz. Patrol officers pulling over all kinds of commercial vehicles — including cube vans and delivery trucks — and sending them to the rec centre's parking lot, where officers ensure that they are fit for the road.
Sgt. Mark Gatien says they're looking for any broken components, even broken lights.
"If necessary, unfortunately, some people will be charged with these things," he told CFRA. "If there's something wrong with a big truck and he can't stop in time or as quick as he should be able to, he's not going to hit you, he's going to run you over."
These kind of blitzes only take place a couple of times a year; the last time, officers found about 40 per cent of the vehicles pulled over were not up to snuff, meaning they were not allowed to return to the road.
"For every 10 vehicles we inspected, four were being pulled off of the road due to inspection issues, so either brakes, suspension, failure in the frame because it was cracked, lighting system not working," says Const. Param Singh, who inspects the tires and brake systems of the trucks that are pulled over.
All kinds of commercial trucks with license plates from across North America are being pulled over as part of the blitz.