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When it comes to trucking safety, Nova Scotia is leading the
country. Nova Scotia truck drivers finished with the best safety
record during Roadcheck  96, a Canada-wide yearly inspection

According to figures released today by the Canadian Council of
Motor Transport Administrators, only 16 per cent of the 357
trucks stopped in Nova Scotia were put out-of-service as a result
of the roadside checks, down from 30.4 per cent last year. The
national average decreased slightly from 33.8 to 32.6 per cent.
No drivers on Nova Scotia highways were placed out-of-service for
log book or documentation problems.

"Inspection violations have been cut in half since last year's
Roadcheck -- and that's an impressive performance," said Business
and Consumer Services Minister Don Downe. "Obviously truck
drivers on our highways are becoming more concerned about vehicle

The newly-formed Business and Consumer Services department is now
responsible for all Registry of Motor Vehicle operations,
including the inspection of commercial vehicles on provincial

Roadcheck  96 was conducted June 4, 5 and 6 and coordinated by
CCMTA member jurisdictions as part of International Highway
Transportation Safety Awareness Week, a concentrated effort in
Canada, the United States and Mexico to encourage safer driving
practices by both heavy truck drivers and motorists.

As part of this year's campaign, a total of 6,178 vehicles and
2,014 drivers were stopped on highways throughout the country.
Approximately 67 per cent of the vehicles and 99 per cent of the
drivers passed the rigorous inspections conducted according to
procedures developed by Canadian members of the Commercial
Vehicle Safety Alliance. Brakes, steering, wheels, tires, frames
and the manner in which loads were secured were among the many
vehicle features inspected during this enforcement initiative.

"Since safe travelling depends on safe vehicles, our department
applauds these stringent inspection procedures," said Mr. Downe.
"The improved record here in Nova Scotia demonstrates our
truckers' concern for their fellow motorists."

CCMTA will use Roadcheck  96 results to develop an action plan
aimed at lowering the out-of-service rate in future years. In
addition, the Canadian results will be reviewed with those from
the United States and Mexico to determine the feasibility of a
common international plan to improve the compliance rate on North
American roads. Such an plan might include a review of existing
truck maintenance standards, fines and sanctions, and education
and awareness campaigns targeted specifically at those segments
of the trucking industry which are not complying with the
existing requirements.


Contact: David MacNeil  902-424-2933

trp                       June 17, 1996 - 9:52 a.m.