OTTAWA, Ont. — The annual Roadcheck enforcement blitz in early June demonstrated the Canadian trucking industry is continuing to improve its compliance rates.
During this year’s safety blitz, 82% of vehicles and 97% of drivers inspected were in compliance.
“Roadcheck figures since 2007 show small but consistent improvements in vehicle mechanical fitness and driver condition in the industry,” said Canadian Trucking Alliance CEO, David Bradley. “Despite enormous pressures on the bottom line of carriers as a result of this fiscal downturn, these Roadcheck figures are a shining example that the industry has the best people behind the wheel; support, maintenance and operations staff dedicated to safety and industry leaders that are firmly committed to investing in road safety.”
However, Bradley said the industry should continue striving to improve its compliance rate – and he called on government to help out.
“Technology is the key to improving both driver and vehicle performance,” said Bradley. “CTA has called on the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) to bring into force a mandatory Electronic-on-Board-Recording (EOBR) regime for hours-of-service compliance which will have a dramatic improvement on the safety performance of drivers. CTA is pleased with CCMTA’s response and the process is underway to develop a National Safety Code Standard for EOBR’s. CTA is also calling on the federal government to bring in such mandatory technologies as roll stability for tractors which will improve the on-road safety performance of tractor-trailer combinations.”
Bradley also urged government to provide financial incentives for fleets that want to invest in proven safety technologies.
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