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RCMP won’t be taking over truck safety

HALIFAX, N.S. -- Nova Scotia's request to give RCMP officers responsibility for truck inspections in the province h...


HALIFAX, N.S. — Nova Scotia’s request to give RCMP officers responsibility for truck inspections in the province has been turned down by the federal government.

Solicitor General Laurence MacAulay says in a letter to provincial Justice Minister Michael Baker that he could not support having RCMP officers conduct roadside inspections of commercial vehicles.

This would expand the scope of the Provincial Police Services Agreement, he says, beyond the core policing duties.

The general employees union, which represents vehicle compliance officers at the weigh scales throughout the province, had fought the plan. The union said the move would have transferred the jobs of 11 compliance officers to the RCMP.


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