Ever wonder what a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Transport Officer's day to day is like? Well, now you will be in the know.
DrumFM sat down with Cody Patton, Transport Officer at the Morrin Weigh Scales to get the scoop.
"The scale is on a rotation along with our patrol schedule so when we are open, we are open. And when we are closed, we are closed. We try and make sure to keep the industry on their feet. Make sure they report when the lights are on and when they are not, we will go to them on the road," he explained.
Transport Officers are tasked with the job of ensuring that our roadways are safe by enforcing commercial vehicles meet Alberta's safety standards. Weigh scales are scattered along the provinces largest highways, largest vehicles are required to stop in for safety inspections.
"Any vehicle weighing greater than 4,500 Kgs is required to report forthwith. The drivers will come in, they will drive in a controlled fashion, they will head over the scale deck if they are loaded. We monitor their weights as well as any mechanical violations we see," continued Patton.
During an inspection, officers comb through vehicles meticulously, ensuring that all semi trucks on the road are safe to be there.
"It is all dependent on what comes in, we could have drivers hauling loads that are overloaded, which cause damage to our infrastructure, and that is why we monitor weights," explained Patton. "We could have cargo securement with items not being secured properly or not being secured at all. As well as any mechanical violations that we see including flat tires or and lighting violations or suspension violations depending on what we find during our inspections."