June 1, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Commercial vehicles will be inspected for safety infractions this week as New Brunswick participates in International Roadcheck 2010, a 72-hour inspection initiative.
The initiative will take place from Tuesday, June 8, to Thursday, June 10, Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran announced today.
This will be the 21st year for the vehicle / driver inspection, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Held throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico, in New Brunswick, the event will take place at the Salisbury (east and west) scale facilities near Moncton.
Other participants with the Department of Public Safety's commercial vehicle inspectors will include the Codiac RCMP, 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. "We are proud to take part in this important event again this year, and we will continue our efforts to raise awareness among commercial vehicle operators 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.
In addition to regular commercial vehicle inspections, inspectors will perform motor coach checks at destinations within the province.
During last year's event, 384 vehicles were inspected in New Brunswick, and more than 6,000 vehicles were inspected throughout Canada.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.