Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DIY MOVING COMPANY? "So they loaded up the truck and moved to ..."


Officers were stunned Wednesday, September 17th when they came across an overloaded truck towing an overloaded trailer down the down the Trans Canada Highway near Roberts Rd in Ladysmith. The driver, moving some household items from Victoria to Chilliwack thought he would save himself a few dollars and make the move himself. One problem – the truck and trailer were overloaded and the load was not properly secured.

“This is the perfect time to remind every one that if you’re going to load up a trailer or truck you have to make sure that your load is not to heavy for the vehicle and that every is secure,” says Cst Dave Babineau of the RCMP Traffic Services.

The Motor vehicle Act Regulations is very clear when dealing with this subject.

Section 35.04 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations says - Vehicles must be equipped and cargo must be contained, immobilized or secured in accordance with the applicable requirements of this Division and the Standard and so that it cannot
(a) leak, spill, blow off, fall from, fall through or otherwise be dislodged from the vehicle, or
(b) shift on or within the vehicle in a manner that affects the stability or manoeuvrability of the vehicle.

This driver definitely didn’t read or ask a police officer about the rules and look what happened. He informed the officer who was writing the ticket that he had in fact lost an antique rocker some where along the way. “How scary is that? Would you want to be driving behind this truck? I know I wouldn’t,” says Babineau. “If you’re not sure what the rules are call your local police office and ask before you head out on the road. The rules are there for everyone’s safety.”

The driver was issued a violation ticket for the insecure load and the vehicle was removed from the road.


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