A Quebec trucking company
was fined $10,000 in a provincial court this week for allowing a trucker to
drive a poorly maintained truck. The driver, Carl Larosse of Quebec, was convicted
in April of driving a commercial vehicle without having it properly inspected.
Grains Piermon Inc. of
St. Marcel De Richeli, Quebec, was charged with failure to maintain a commercial
vehicle. The charges stem from a roadside inspection in October 2000 by the
Cambridge Ontario Provincial Police of the tractor-trailer, which was loaded
with 71,000 pounds of steel while driving on Highway 401 in Cambridge.
The tractor-trailer was
found to have three under-inflated tires, one flat tire, a broken air suspension
system, a severe crack on one of the rims, numerous wheel lug nuts that were
improperly tightened and several tires that were balding. Police allegedly
pulled the rig over because the tires were wobbling.