Monthly Enforcement

June STEP: Commercial Vehicle Safety

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) will be keeping a close eye on commercial vehicles during the month of June as part of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).

Commercial vehicles are required to follow strict safety regulations relating to their equipment, maintenance, load securement, licensing and more. This also includes restrictions on where certain large vehicles are permitted to drive within the city limits.  The MHPS Traffic Unit will be teaming up with the Alberta Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Branch to conduct commercial vehicle checks in and around Medicine Hat this month, to ensure that operators are complying with provincial regulations.

As an operator of a private motor vehicle, you can also help ensure road safety around commercial vehicles, by recognizing that larger vehicles need more room to maneuver and may at times, be required to occupy two or more lanes to make a turn.  Watching closely for turn signal indicators on these large vehicles will allow motorist enough time to provide the room these trucks require.

Media Contact:
Sgt Clarke White
Traffic Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8471

June BEEP - Focus on Property Standards

The Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section of the Medicine Hat Police Service will be focusing on unsightly property for the month of June 2018.

Unsightly property is property that, in the opinion of a Bylaw Enforcement Officer, is detrimental to the surrounding area because of its unsightly condition.

When determining whether property is unsightly the following factors are considered:

  • ·  Uncut grass and weeds.

  • ·  Vegetation that interferes with the use or visibility of street signage, sidewalks, road clearance, municipal works or public utilities.

  • ·  Wrecked or dismantled vehicles including vehicles that are inoperable and unregistered.

  • ·  Storage or accumulation of garbage, litter refuse, dilapidated furniture or appliances, machinery or machinery parts or similar items.

  • ·  Specific or general lack of repair or maintenance of the property.

  • ·  Location, zoning, use and visibility of the property.

A Bylaw Officer may issue a written Direction to the occupant and owner or an Order to the property owner to improve the appearance of the property in a specified way in a specified time period.  Each day or portion of a day that a Direction or Order is not complied with may be considered a subsequent offence. 

Penalties for violation of this bylaw are as follows:

Fines related to an Order issued for a Residential Property are $250 to $400 for the first offence and $500 to $10,000 for each subsequent offence.

Fines related to an Order issued for a Non-Residential Property are $500 to $1000 for the first offence and $2000 to $10,000 for each subsequent offence.

If you would like to report a property that may be unsightly, please call our complaints line at 403-529-8481. 

Supt Heather Trail
Peace Officer i/c Municipal Bylaw Enforcement.