June 1, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Inspecting commercial vehicles for safety infractions will be the focus this week as New Brunswick participates in International Roadcheck 2009, a 72-hour inspection initiative.
The event will take place from Tuesday, June 2, to Thursday, June 4, Public Safety and Solicitor General John W. Foran announced today.
This will be the 20th year for the vehicle / driver inspection, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. It will be held throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico. In New Brunswick, the event will take place at the St. Jacques and Le Relais scale facilities near Edmundston.
Other participants along with the Department of Public Safety's commercial vehicle inspectors will include the RCMP, Grand Falls Police, Edmundston Police, Canada Food Inspection Agency, trucking industry participants, National Safety Code inspectors, and other federal representatives.
"Highway safety and security are vital to the achievement of our goal of self-sufficiency, as our highways and commercial vehicles link our province to world markets," Foran said. "New Brunswick is proud to participate in Roadcheck 2009. This event helps raise awareness among commercial vehicle operators in the province of the importance of safety."
During the three days, specially trained inspectors will be on the lookout for a variety of infractions that may result in commercial vehicles being placed out of service. In many cases, drivers will be able to make necessary adjustments on-site, be re-inspected, and continue their trip.
This year, in addition to regular commercial vehicle inspections, specially trained inspectors will perform motor coach checks at destinations within the province.
During last year's event, 377 vehicles were inspected in New Brunswick, and more that 7,000 vehicles were inspected throughout Canada. New Brunswick's rate for vehicles placed out of service due to mechanical defects was 17 per cent, which was below the national average.
The Government of New Brunswick is committed to Road Safety 2009, a strategy to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on highways by 30 per cent, and to make Canada's roads the safest in the world by 2010.
MEDIA CONTACT: Daniel Lessard, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-453-4433.