Truck safety crackdown at Niagara’s Vineland inspection station kicks 22 off the road

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Published September 14, 2023 at 1:55 pm

A joint crackdown on unsafe commercial vehicles at the Vineland Inspection Station in Niagara Tuesday resulted in 22 trucks taken off the road for “significant” safety concerns.

The inspection, a joint enforcement initiative of the Niagara Regional Police, Halton Regional Police, the Ministry of Transportation and the Town of Lincoln, was in response to community concerns involving increased commercial motor vehicle traffic in Lincoln and West Lincoln.

Niagara Police said the focus of the initiative was to identify commercial vehicles intentionally bypassing the inspection station and to conduct in-depth vehicle inspections to ensure compliance with road safety standards.

More than 150 vehicles (passenger and commercial) were directed into the Vineland station, with 68 vehicles given a comprehensive inspection.

The inspections resulted in 22 vehicles being removed from the highway after significant safety concerns were identified. Three sets of licence plates were seized, and 52 tickets were issued for various offences, including no license, insecure load, defective push rods, inaccurate inspection logs and excessive exhaust smoke.

Members of the public can report traffic complaints by contacting Niagara Police’s Traffic Enforcement Unit at (905) 688-4111 Option 3, ext. EXT 1025555, or by email at [email protected]

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