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Commercial vehicle driver charged after losing wheels on Hwy. 403

Brant OPPCommercial vehicle driver charged after losing wheels on Hwy. 403

A Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver had their driver’s licence suspended for 3-days and their vehicle taken out of service after losing two wheels from their trailer while driving on Highway 403 in the County of Brant.

On Friday, March 24, 2023, at approximately 9:28 a.m., officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Brant County detachment responded to multiple calls for a traffic hazard on Highway 403 near Wayne Gretzky Parkway in the County of Brant.

Callers reported a tractor-trailer unit had lost their wheels. The detached wheels did not strike any other vehicles and there were no reported injuries.

The driver was issued a 3-day driver’s license suspension for registering an Alert on the roadside Alcohol Screening Device (ASD).

Police have charged a 45-year-old from Woodstock with the following offences:

  • Drive commercial motor vehicle in contravention of conditions,
  • Fail to enter defect in daily inspection report,
  • Drive commercial motor vehicle with a major defect in it or in drawn vehicle,
  • Permit operation of commercial motor vehicle with load not secured as prescribed,
  • Driver fails to ensure tiedowns taut – required by National Standard, Part 1 – commercial motor vehicle over 4,500 kg,
  • Fail to secure “over the centre” tiedown tensioner by adequate secondary means,
  • Fail to have required number of tiedowns and
  • Wheel separation – Commercial Motor Vehicle.

Police have charged the Woodstock area business with the following offences:

  • Fail to ensure daily inspection is conducted properly,
  • Fail to ensure performance standards are met,
  • Push rod stroke exceeds prescribed limit- commercial motor vehicle,
  • Permit operation of commercial motor vehicle with load not secured as prescribed,
  • Fail to have required number of tiedowns,
  • Fail to secure “over the centre” tiedown tensioner by adequate secondary means,
  • Driver fails to ensure tiedowns taut – required by National Standard, Part 1 – commercial motor vehicle over 4,500 kg and
  • Wheel separation – Commercial Motor Vehicle.

The accused are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice located in Brantford at a later date.

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