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GTA police, OPP launch day-long truck safety blitz

Last Updated Jul 25, 2019 at 6:26 am EST

Tractor-trailers sit in a parking lot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/David Zalubowski

Police services from across the Greater Toronto Area are joining forces for a summer truck safety blitz.

The operation kicks off Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in Mississauga.

Peel Regional Police, Toronto Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, York Regional Police Service, Halton Regional Police Service are all a part of the program, as well as the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Environment and Revenue.

The operation will not only ensure that the vehicles are safe but that the loads they are carrying are safe.

The blitz will focus on all sizes of commercial vehicles, from tractor-trailers to small trucks.

Last year, OPP laid nearly 700 charges against transport truck drivers during the day-long blitz.

Charges included speeding, defective equipment, distracted driving, and carrying an insecure load.

Other safety concerns included break issues and loose wheel bolts.

Sixty-three trucks were taken out of service as a result of that blitz