A commercial vehicle sporting similarities to a police vehicle has been removed from the road following conversations between Kamloops Mounties and the RCMP’s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE).
On Wednesday (May 12), a man visited the Kamloops RCMP’s downtown detachment to discuss a notice of order requiring him to make changes and repairs to his vehicle.
Kamloops RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn said the man’s vehicle had been outfitted with police-style equipment, including lighting and antennas, which the man stated were required for his business.
Given the vehicle’s commercial use, Kamloops RCMP contacted CVSE for assistance, CVSE officers conducted an inspection of the truck and found a number of deficiencies, requiring its removal from the road and the seizure of its licence plates.
“It’s concerning to police and to the community whenever someone has outfitted a vehicle in a way that can be believed to be a police vehicle,” Kamloops RCMP Insp. Jeff Pelley said. “We are aware of other reports in the province involving police impersonators and would like to remind the public that equipping a vehicle or portraying yourself as a police officer with clothing or equipment will result in a formal investigation and potential charges.”
Anybody who modifies their vehicle to contain unauthorized lamps or equipment may be subjected to a fine and or a notice and order under the Motor Vehicle Act, Pelley said.
Such an order would involve the vehicle owner having to remove the illegal modifications from their vehicle and having the vehicle inspected by a designated inspection agency before driving it again.