It was a beautiful sunny day as I drove down our city streets towards the local Canadian Tire. Oh I didn’t need anything for the house, I consider this famous Canadian store to be a great lunch spot as each one has a permanent hotdog stand outside the front door. Don’t worry the point of this article is not about my lunch. On this particular day my favourite lunch location was different.
As I drove up to the parking lot the first thing I noticed was the activity around the parking lot. The huge parking lot was sectioned off with tents and a flurry of police activity. The roped off area included police vehicles, truck enforcement vehicles, maintenance vehicles, and of course all the vehicles that were pulled over for inspection. That’s right this was a full blown inspection blitz that lasted a whole week.
Once I understood what was going on I could see the hidden particulars. Officers were hiding behind light poles, cruising the area in unmarked patrol cars, and targeting trucks that looked like they had deficiencies. It was publicized to the public each morning by the Police but that didn’t seem to slow down the string of people caught in the check.
As I watched the proceedings while purchasing my lunch I happen to mention to the server that there was lots of attention here today. His reply was, “ The guys here are loving it. They are getting paid for two or three hours while waiting for a repair truck. To them it’s free money!” I wasn’t about to begin educating the hotdog guy about a C.V.O.R. but it certainly wasn’t free money. All I said was, “They don’t understand how this is affecting their licence.”
Many of those trucks pulled into the inspection were smaller companies such as landscape companies, paving companies, and the like. These are the type of companies that have drivers that don’t understand the importance of the C.V.O.R. They are not working in transportation industry the way a normal truck driver is where they are trained on inspections and understand that every violation during an inspection can affect their own C.V.O.R. abstract.
However many drivers that do understand the C.V.O.R. were also included in this inspection blitz. I saw many drivers of dump trucks, cement trucks, and other city operations included in the blitz inspections. This is why it is important for all drivers to do proper inspections of their vehicles each day. Drivers that predominantly do city deliveries often think they are out of sight for inspection facilities because they travel off the highways.
Enforcement units are expanding to local agencies and are more targeted in an effort to minimize incidents on the roads. This is the reason that the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario now require a test be done so that new C.V.O.R. owners understand the inspection process since many of the drivers of these vehicles may not understand how an inspection process like this affects their licence. The best way to truly get your drivers trained properly is through a certified training program. The best place to start is at www.ttsao.com
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com