ICBC-sponsored tread depth gauges will be handed out at roadside vehicle safety checks. Police and commercial vehicle safety inspectors will also hand out warnings or fines for worn or malfunctioning tires

ICBC-sponsored tread depth gauges will be handed out at roadside vehicle safety checks. Police and commercial vehicle safety inspectors will also hand out warnings or fines for worn or malfunctioning tires

Police to conduct roadside safety checks

NANAIMO – Police and commercial vehicle safety inspectors conducting roadside winter safety inspections.

  • Nov. 27, 2014 4:00 p.m.

 

Is your vehicle ready for winter?

The Nanaimo RCMP Traffic Services and commercial vehicle safety inspectors will be carrying out roadside inspections Friday (Nov. 28) to ensure motorists are ready for winter driving conditions.

Throughout the day, vehicles will be stopped and checked for a variety of defects, especially worn tires.

To assist drivers, officers will hand out ICBC-sponsored tags which have a colour coded chart that allows drivers to determine if their winter tires have sufficient tread for winter conditions or need replacing.

Other defects that can be problematic are old windshield wipers. IF they leave  streaks and limit driver visibility, they need to be replaced.

Headlights, signal lights and taillights will be examined for proper function and, if necessary, warnings or fines issued.

“When weather changes and roads turn icy, it’s a tad late to be thinking about replacing tires and wipers,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “Act now and be ready for the unexpected.”