Police and MTO on a truck safety blitz in Ottawa.
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Ottawa police traffic officers and the Ministry of Transportation took 11 commercial vehicles off the road in a safety blitz Thursday.In total, 34 roadside inspections were conducted in the south-end blitz. The 11 vehicles that were taken “out of service” had alleged infractions of improper tires, leaking brakes or cargo security issues. They weren’t able to continue travel until the issues were fixed. Two vehicles had their licence plates removed altogether.Police laid 31 charges for alleged infractions like having an unsecure load, improper tires, improper driver’s licence, and speeding.“Drivers of commercial motor vehicles are required, by law, to complete daily inspection reports to ensure their vehicles are in proper working condition and free of any defects before hitting the road,” said traffic officer Const. Phil Kane.“We are seeing many drivers who fail to take the time to conduct an inspection or are simply unaware that one is required.”Kane called it “concerning.”ALSO IN THE NEWS: Floods: Capital waits as major rain storm threatens to push levels to new highsCity police kick off ‘zero tolerance’ campaign against disorder in Market, VanierOttawa police asking to lease 400 tasers as part of force-wide rollout