HALIFAX, N.S. — Nova Scotia’s commercial truck and passenger carrier safety programs have been targeted in an auditor general report that revealed “weaknesses which diminish their ability to improve highway safety.”
Auditor General Jacques Lapointe issued his report yesterday, noting the province’s safety inspection and enforcement program does not meet the department’s standard of performance. He said weigh scales are not open long enough, are easily avoided and are understaffed and that enforcement programs do not adequately monitor high-risk offenders.
“Due to the potential seriousness of accidents involving trucks and buses, it is important that the province’s safety programs related to these vehicles be as effective as possible,” said Lapointe.
He said the province has not done enough to act on suggestions filed in previous A.G. reports.
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