Over two days, 390 trucks were inspected and 166 were found with “out-of-service” defects during the second of several commercial vehicle crackdowns planned for the Greater Toronto Area this spring.
A further 256 charges were laid for Highway Traffic Act infractions and two men face theft charges relating to a stolen skid steer. Last year, 400 vehicles were inspected and 500 in 2007.
Typically, about 35 per cent of all vehicles checked during the two-day program were defective enough to be removed from the road, said Sgt. James Slykhuis, who is in charge of the blitz. This year, that number jumped to 43 per cent.