May 15, 2017
Highway Enforcement Officers Team Up with Law Enforcement to Promote Highway Safety
Service NL Highway Enforcement Officers (HEOs), with support from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, were at the Robin Hood Bay landfill on Saturday, May 13, to raise awareness about highway safety related to cargo securement and littering.
Together, officers handed out more than 50 tickets to drivers whose loads were not properly secured. Service NL will continue to work with law enforcement over the next several months to raise awareness with drivers on how to safely secure loads for transport.
The Cargo Securement Regulations under the Highway Traffic Act apply to all private and commercial vehicles that are used to transport cargo, debris or trash on a public roadway. Fines for an improperly secured load range from $120 to $600 or 30 days imprisonment.
Littering on the province’s highways is prohibited under section 163. (1) of the Highway Traffic Act. Penalties range from $100 to $500 or two-17 days imprisonment.
HEOs, RCMP, RNC, or municipal enforcement officers can lay a charge for littering if they witness an incident or if a witness provides sufficient evidence.
“Unsecured loads often present a safety hazard for motorists and create litter along the province’s highways. When transporting cargo of any kind it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure their load is properly secured. I encourage everyone to put public safety first by taking the time to ensure their load is properly secured before they head out on the road.”
Honourable Perry Trimper
Minister of Service NL
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Cargo Securement Regulations – www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/regulations/rc040152.htm
Highway Traffic Act – www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/statutes/h03.htm
2017 05 15 3:50 p.m.