Research project to study truckers’ health issues in Atlantic Canada

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DIEPPE, N.B. — The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has approved funding for a three-year project to research and study health issues in professional truck drivers in an effort to enhance driving performance. 

The project will be managed at the Université de Moncton by Dr. Michel Johnson in conjunction with the Collège Communautaire du Nouveau Brunswick – Dieppe campus (CCNB). A simulator will be purchased for the research, which will be available for trucking firms and their drivers. 

“This is excellent news for the trucking industry in Atlantic Canada,” said Jean Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association. “The APTA members realized the importance of this project immediately and gave their full support on the proposal.”

The funding will support the creation and staffing of a university-based research facility in Moncton (U de M), along with a college managed mobile research unit (CCNB) to travel throughout Atlantic Canada, in order to gather comprehensive industry-specific data from APTA’s membership regarding health and driving performance. The research data collected will be used to create a mathematical algorithm called the Healthy Driver Profile.

“I applaud Dr. Michel Johnson at Université de Moncton and CCNB for their dedication to this project and research for the health of our drivers. Drivers are very valuable to our industry; investing in them is something that more and more companies are doing,” Picard said.

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