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Police nab unsafe vehicles

The New Westminster police's traffic section took 20 vehicles out of service, towed 12 away and issued $2,400 in provincial fines and $400 in municipal fines during a commercial vehicle inspection last Wednesday.

The NWPD with the help of several partner law enforcement agencies set up along Royal Avenue across from City Hall for six hours and pulled over 54 trucks for inspection.

It was the second monthly inspection carried out by the department in 2014. In the January inspection, 81 vehicles were inspected and 38 taken out of service with $7,700 in provincial and municipal fines issued.

In 2013, the NWPD reports it inspected 729 vehicles with 244 taken out of service and more than $72,000 in fines.

New West police said the department is also planning to hire two dedicated commercial vehicle inspectors for the city.

"The NWPD are very aware that traffic management is a challenge for New Westminster," said Chief Const. Dave Jones in a press releasee. "This initiative will enhance our ability to work on commercial vehicle safety and allow more focus on other traffic issues such as distracted, aggressive and impaired driving, as well as high crash intersection enforcement, all of which are key components to overall traffic safety."

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