Sept. 19, 2008
SALISBURY WEST (CNB) - The fixed weigh facility at Salisbury West will be the site of International Brake Check Day on Sept. 25, Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran announced today. The event takes place during Brake Safety Week.
The special joint initiative with the provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island is part of Operation Air Brake, a brake-safety campaign sponsored by Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, and Transport Canada. The annual campaign takes place throughout the United States and Canada in an effort to improve commercial vehicle brake safety.
Inspections will be conducted by CVSA-certified commercial vehicle inspectors as both an educational and an enforcement activity. Drivers will receive information on proper brake operation, how to recognize potential brake problems, and the need for properly maintained brakes, in an effort to enhance safety on the highways.
Brake-related defects continue to be the most significant and frequent violations that safety inspectors discover during roadside inspections. For that reason, the campaign places a major emphasis on increasing drivers' and motor carriers' knowledge of brake compliance and vehicle brake performance, and encouraging commercial vehicle brake system inspections.
The Government of New Brunswick is committed to Road Safety Vision 2010, a strategy to reduce by 30 per cent the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our highways, and to make Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2010.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, media relations, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.