Joint Simcoe County Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Initiative 

(Innisfil, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers teamed up with a number of policing and safety partners to lay 58 charges in a commercial vehicle inspection blitz in Innisfil.

The initiative took place on Tuesday, May 15, 2019 at Georgian Downs parking lot on 5th Sideroad. Following 44 inspections, 24 vehicles were taken out of service, 58 charges were laid and 28 cautions issued. The most common violations were for brakes, vehicle maintenance and load security.

The initiative was held by the Simcoe County Policing Authorities and featured a collaborative effort with the Ontario Provincial Police, Barrie Police, Rama Police, Simcoe County Health, Ontario College of Trades, Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Transportation.

Here are the numbers for Innisfil:

Inspections

Commercial Motor Vehicles – 29 with 15 taken off the road

Non Commercial Motor Vehicles – 15 with 9 taken out of service *these were vehicles that did not meet CMV registered gross weight of 4,500 kg

Total:

58 Charges – most common violations – brakes, vehicle maintenance, load security and one charge of Cannabis Readily Available

28 Cautions

Suspensions

1 CMV driver for cannabis presence – 3 day suspension – zero tolerance

1 non CMV driver for cannabis presence – 3 day suspension – zero tolerance

CMV safety enforcement at two additional locations involving Barrie Police, OPP and other stakeholders resulted in 37 inspections, 119 charges and 11 vehicles being deemed out of service. Fourteen additional CMV charges were laid through aviation enforcement in Oro-Medonte. Tobacco Enforcement conducted by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit resulted in 24 inspections, 5 warnings, 2 charges and 4 seizures.

Commercial motor vehicles, due to their size, weight and loads, have increased potential of causing serious motor vehicle collisions due to vehicle condition, driver fatigue or other hazardous behaviours. The one-day inspection initiative was aimed at creating awareness and improving road safety for everyone. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the drivers that passed their inspections. Thank you to our public safety partners for their collaboration.