Nearly half the trucks inspected during a commercial vehicle enforcement blitz in Burnaby last week were pulled off the road.
Officers from 14 different law-enforcement agencies across the Lower Mainland were in town for most of the week, setting up check stops in multiple locations across the city each day.
In total, 297 vehicles were inspected, and 147 of those were removed from the road, according to Burnaby RCMP.
Officers wrote tickets for 440 violations and found 347 mechanical defects, police said.
Some of the more notable violations included a man driving an 11,700-kilogram cargo truck unsupervised with a learner’s licence – a licence he didn’t actually have on him, according to RCMP Const. Kevin Connolly, Burnaby’s commercial vehicle enforcement officer.
One truck the officers stopped featured a block of wood instead of a proper passenger seat, while another truck was equipped with a child’s booster seat for its adult passenger.
That passenger left the scene via SkyTrain, according to police.
While checking commercial vehicles, officers also caught 22 drivers using their phones while driving.