At first glance folks might have thought the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) had arrived at the fall fair grounds in Barriere to perhaps do a spot check on horse trailers and other livestock vehicles that were their for a Barriere and District Riding Club function. But on closer investigation it was good to find out that the CVSE were there by request of the riding club membership to do just that.
CVSE inspectors Bernie Volton and Neal Martin (pictured to the left) spent most of the day using portable scales to weigh the axles on trucks and horse trailers, pointing out safety concerns on trailers and vehicles, possible infractions, and recommending alternatives. The officers also took the time to inform and educate anyone who was willing to listen on how to prepare your vehicle to safely transport horses and other livestock, to answer numerous weight restriction questions, and to pass out informative pamphlets to the public.
Martin said the day was facilitated to educate the public and to encourage drivers to get their vehicles inspected so they would be legal and safe on the road in the future. He said they were not there to catch people for infractions, but to help prevent them from getting a ticket somewhere on the road, by pointing out today what needed to be changed or improved in the vehicle or trailer.
Those who took part said they found the team very friendly and helpful, and that the information they gave them was invaluable.
“I found out I may have been running overweight in my trailer”, said one horseman, “Now I know, so I won’t be getting a ticket down the road. I’m good to go.”