19 motorists charged in North Bay safety inspection
The plates were removed from 10 unsafe vehicles and 19 motorists were charged in a vehicle fitness inspection operated by the North Bay Police Service and Ministry of Transportation (MTO) from July 10-Sept. 16 at the Highway 17 MTO scale at Gormanville Road in North Bay.
During that time, North Bay police officers issued inspection report notices to drivers of vehicles that displayed apparent mechanical deficiencies. The vehicles identified by police were inspected by MTO officers on the final day of this initiative at the MTO scale.
A total of 28 vehicles were inspected:
• Seven passed
• Seven failed
• The plates were voluntarily terminated from four vehicles because the registered owner believed their vehicle would fail inspection
• There were four fail to shows
• Plates were removed from 10 vehicles deemed unsafe and dangerous to the public
Common defects included leaking brake fluid, load security, wheels / tires / mudguards, parking brake fail to hold, leaking gasoline, width of vehicle, leaking or improper exhaust, faulty signal/ brake/ tail lamp lenses, excessive play in steering ball and socket joints / suspension, and broken springs.
A total of 19 charges were laid, including driver licence (2), drive unsafe vehicle (3), permit driving of an unsafe vehicle (2), insecure load (3), weight (3), expired plates (1), annual inspection stickers (1)
and fail to show – pending charges (4).
It is illegal to drive a vehicle in dangerous condition. But maintaining your vehicle also makes sense from an economic point of view. it can mean better gas mileage and a better price when you sell it.
Maintaining your vehicle also helps to protect the environment.
A police officer or Ministry of Transportation inspector can examine your vehicle, its equipment and any trailer attached to it, at any time. If the vehicle is found to be unsafe, it may be taken off the road until the problem is fixed.
If you refuse to allow the examination, you can be fined up to $1,000. If the vehicle is then found to be unsafe, your licence plates can be taken away.