A 72-hour campaign aimed at finding mechanical issues on Saskatchewan highways conducted by the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol (SHP) and SGI, resulted in the removal of a significant number of commercial vehicles from operation.

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspectors conducted 332 vehicle checks at the Langham Weigh Scale between May 13 and 16 as part of its International Roadcheck initiative.

This resulted in the removal of 31 per cent of vehicles due to cargo securement and brake issues; 4.8 per cent due to exceeding the hours-of-service limit, false records, license endorsements and drug impairment; and 81 additional vehicles with mechanical defects that require immediate repair.

Of the vehicles stopped, 148 trucks or power units and 82 trailers passed inspection and received CVSA decals, which are applied if no critical violations are detected.

International Roadcheck is an annual three-day campaign when CVSA-certified inspectors carry out compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety, and is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world.

Since its inception in 1988, there have been more than 1.8 million roadside inspections conducted. 

The SHP will be participating in other CVSA campaigns focusing on safe drivers and brake safety later this year.