Public Safety

Operation Air Brake scheduled (09/09/14)

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Sept. 14, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - International Brake Check Day will be held at the Salisbury fixed weigh facility on Thursday, Sept. 17, as part of Brake Safety Week, Sept. 13-19.

International Brake Check Day is a joint initiative involving New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. It part of Operation Air Brake, a brake safety campaign sponsored by Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and Transport Canada.

The annual campaign takes place throughout the United States and Canada to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.

Inspections will be conducted by CVSA-certified commercial vehicle inspectors, with a focus on education. Drivers will receive information on how to operate brakes properly; how to recognize potential brake problems; how to maintain brakes properly; and why to maintain brakes properly.

"I applaud this initiative to raise awareness of the importance of brake safety in commercial vehicles, which continues to be the most significant and frequent violations found during roadside inspections," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran. "Our commercial vehicle enforcement officers do an excellent job in identifying safety issues, and this helps make our highways safer for all motorists and passengers."

Operation Air Brake places a major emphasis on increasing drivers' and motor carriers' knowledge of brake compliance and vehicle brake performance; and on encouraging commercial vehicle brake system inspections throughout North America.

As part of the event this year, the CVSA will set up a performance-based brake tester, a device used by some jurisdictions to determine brake efficiency.

In 2008, 36 provinces and American states participated in Operation Air Brake.


MEDIA CONTACT: Daniel Lessard, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-453-4433.