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Niagara police remove 24 commercial vehicles from the road

NRP inspections also resulted in 95 provincial tickets, along with two arrests on Canada-wide immigration warrants
Niagara police conducted a two-day inspection of commercial vehicles. Photo supplied

On March 21 and March 22 the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS), Hamilton Police Service (HPS), Niagara Parks Police Service (NPPS), Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Town of Lincoln partnered for a joint enforcement initiative focusing on commercial motor vehicles.

In response to community concern involving increased commercial motor vehicle traffic in Lincoln and West Lincoln, the focus of this initiative was to identify commercial vehicles intentionally bypassing the Vineland inspection station and to conduct in-depth vehicular inspections to ensure compliance with road safety standards, as legislated by the province.

In total, over 150 vehicles (passenger and commercial) were directed into the inspection station with 65 comprehensively inspected, resulting in 24 vehicles being removed from the highway after significant safety concerns were identified.  Three sets of licence plates were seized, and 95 Provincial Offence Notices (tickets) were issued for various offences including: careless driving, distracted driving, speeding, improper licence, improper tires, improper brakes, and insecure load.

In addition, as a direct result of this enforcement initiative, officers came into contact with two individuals both wanted on Canada wide immigration warrants.  As officers were monitoring traffic in the area surrounding the Vineland inspection station, a vehicle was observed to be speeding and a traffic stop was conducted.  Both the driver and passenger were arrested on the strength of the warrants and custody was subsequently turned over to Canada Boarder Service Agents.

The Niagara Regional Police Service remains committed to achieving its identified goal of enhancing road safety, as outlined in the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan.  Members of the public wishing to report traffic complaints are encouraged to contact our Traffic Enforcement Unit (TEU) by telephone at 905-688-4111, option #3, extension #1025555 or by email at [email protected].