For the fifth (5th) year in a row, police will be conducting the Spring Commercial Vehicle Safety Initiative.
Last year, there was a 23% failure rate attributed to the vehicles pulled over. In addition to the safety failure rates of commercial vehicles, police found that drivers did not possess valid driver’s licences, vehicle registration and auto insurance, in some cases, leading to the arrest of the driver’s of the commercial vehicles pulled over.
Police will be targeting tow trucks and taxi’s and other vehicles on the highways and streets of Toronto in a “spring safety blitz”. The safety blitz will be put on by Toronto Police 23 Division and will start on April 8, 2013 at 7:30 a.m. and April 9, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.
The inspection of these vehicles for roadworthiness and safety will be conducted by police, along with employees of the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of the Environment.
To ensure that the operators of tow trucks and taxi’s are complying with municipal by-laws, employees of the Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards will be on hand to issue tickets.
The inspections will take place at the Woodbine Race Track (which has large parking lots to accommodate many vehicles undergoing inspection simultaneously) at the north-west parking lot, located at 555 Rexdale Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M9W 5L2 (416) 675-7223.
This safety initiative will be a joint−force operation involving the Toronto Police Service with:
- Ontario Provincial Police
- Peel Regional Police,
- York Regional Police,
- Halton Regional Police
- South Simcoe Police Services,
- Waterloo Regional Police Service,
- Ministry of
- Ministry of the Environment,
- Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards; and
- The New York State Police