39% of trucks in Milton safety blitz pulled off the road
Just how safe is that transport truck in your rearview mirror or that landscaping company pickup driving beside you?
You might be surprised.
Halton Police teamed up with seven agencies, including public health, this week for a two-day truck safety blitz in Milton.
403 commercial trucks were pulled over. Though most of the trucks checked out were 18-wheelers, panel trucks, cube vans and pickups with trailers were inspected too.
Of all the vehicles stopped, 157 had to be pulled off the road, at least temporarily, a failure rate of 39%.
Sergeant Paul Davies says the majority of the issues were with braking systems and tires.
Most trucks were taken out of a commission for a few hours. After the owner of truck paid for a mobile mechanic to fix the problem and the vehicle passed a second inspection, the truck could drive away.
Davies says 19 of trucks were un-fixable with problems like cracked frames or a major braking system deficiency. Those vehicles had their plates pulled off by police and were towed away.
He says while the 39% failure rate is concerning, it isn't the worst he's seen. Other similar blitzes have come back with a 60% failure rate.
In this campaign, police stopped two unrefridgerated trucks carrying meat. Halton's Health Department stepped in and ultimately ordered 18 cases of meat be thrown out.
Campaigns like this are meant to remind companies with trucks to keep their fleet in tip top shape, to keep proper logs and to make sure their drivers are rested.