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Richmond driver fined more than $500 for carrying insecure load

Large trees were dangling from the back of a commercial truck while travelling on Highway 91 in Richmond.

A Richmond driver was fined for driving with unsecured large trees on the back of a truck in April.

Richmond RCMP safety officers pulled over a commercial flat deck truck on April 27 on Highway 91 westbound after seeing it carrying trees that appeared not to be secured.

A total fine of $535 for three violations under the BC Motor Vehicle Act Regulations was issued to the driver:

  • $288 for operating a commercial or business vehicle without proper equipment or with insecure cargo
  • $109 for a load or projection over 1.2 metres in the rear without a red flag or cloth
  • $138 for failing to comply with trip inspection requirements.

In addition, the company was slapped with demerit points under the National Safety Code.

"It’s essential that commercial vehicle operators educate themselves on the requirements of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations governing commercial operators," said Cpl. Adriana O'Malley, spokesperson for the Richmond RCMP, in a media statement.

"Richmond RCMP Road Safety Unit is reminding all commercial vehicle operators to ensure you properly secure your load and to ensure you know your legal requirements before you hit the road. Let’s work together to make our roadways safer for all users."

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