The Regina Police Service Traffic Focus for the month of March is Vehicle Standards and compliance with the province’s Vehicle Equipment Regulations legislation. In addition to other traffic enforcement, Traffic members will be working to identify vehicles that contravene The Vehicle Equipment Regulations Act. Infractions may include examples of inadequate safety systems like brakes, lights, horn or seatbelts. Other infractions occur with after-market modifications such as modified exhaust systems that don’t adequately reduce combustion noise, making them illegal for street use.
Vehicle owners need to remember even if after-market products are available in a store it doesn’t mean they’re legal under the Act. Penalties for vehicle owners range from an Inspection Notice that requires a vehicle be made safe within a specified time frame, to a fine of up to $115.00 for each infraction under the Act. In situations where a vehicle is deemed unsafe and is not road worthy, police can remove the vehicle from the road.
The Traffic Focus of the Month is part of a continuing campaign to increase public awareness and to enhance traffic safety in Regina. Preventing collisions is a combination of regular vehicle maintenance and repair and ensuring any after-market modifications meet the safety requirements of the Vehicle Equipment Regulations Act. For information on what is legal when making vehicle modifications visit Regina Police Service website at www.reginapolice.ca and look on the “Traffic & Vehicles” menu, or go to the “Vehicle Standards” section at www.sgi.sk.ca.