Some motorists ran into a bit of a delay this morning in Drumheller as Commercial Vehicle Enforcement inspection vehicles from Alberta Justice and Solicitor General came into the valley.
"Normally, we're set up on provincial highways or at the weigh station on top of the hill at Morrin; today, we're in town inspecting commercial vehicles," noted enforcement officer Cody Patton. "All commercial vehicles that operate on the highways are subject to inspection at anytime and instead of them coming to us at the scale, we're coming to the valley."
So, what do they look for?
"We do inspections both walk around and underneath the vehicle checking critical safety items, so that would be lights, exhaust system, suspension, steering and the driver, to make sure the driver is qualified to operate a vehicle of that size."
"Drivers are obligated by law to run through their commercial vehicle every morning to make sure it's safe to be on the road that day," he reminded us. "We also assist with those efforts when vehicles come through our inspection sites or when we pulled them over, that we run through them mechanically and advise drivers of any defects that require attention.
While a couple of vehicles were stopped and inspected while Drum FM was on site, no serious violations were found. However, Patton said they have to be careful as the primary focus of roadside inspections is to remove unsafe commercial vehicles and drivers from the roadways.