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MONTREAL, Que. - Quebec trucking companies with above-average compliance records may soon be rewarded for their diligence.Details are still being worked out, but one possible scenario is that those co...


MONTREAL, Que. – Quebec trucking companies with above-average compliance records may soon be rewarded for their diligence.

Details are still being worked out, but one possible scenario is that those companies with proven track records in the realm of safety will be subject to fewer inspections.

The program, called “Partenaires Emerites,” will be modeled after the “Partners in Compliance” program that began in Alberta in 1996.

The Societe de l’assurance automobile du Quebec (SAAQ) will launch a pilot project in 2002. Feedback from the pilot program will be used to evaluate and refine the structure. A full-scale launch is slated for 2003.

The details of how the program will be administered are still to be decided upon by a government/industry staffed working group.

The SAAQ expects, however, that companies will be evaluated in eight areas, including the qualifications of the drivers and mechanics, accidents, vehicle security, Hours-of-Service, the transport of dangerous materials, loads and conformity to the trucking laws and regulations.


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