FREDERICTON (Sept. 13, 1999) — New Brunswick’s director of commercial vehicle enforcement has called for changes to the provincial motor vehicle act in order to improve communications between the industry and enforcement officers and increase penalties for truckers whose vehicles repeatedly fail basic inspection standards.
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Agency director Michel Daigle told the Fredericton Daily Gleaner that he has sent a wish list of proposed regulatory changes to the Dept. of Transportation.
It includes higher minimum fines for failing to pass roadside safety checks. Daigle said drivers and vehicle owners would rather risk a fine then fix a problem with their vehicle. The minimum fine for failure to meet inspection is $84.
He added that more education and co-operation between his department, trucking associations, driver training schools, and individual drivers is needed.
New Brunswick employs about 70 enforcement agents stationed at six weigh scales and in 19 mobile units across the province. Daigle said officers can’t be everywhere and the final responsibility for safety fitness should rest with drivers.
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