Saskatchewan puts the brakes on hard enforcement

REGINA — In recognition of Brake Safety Week, Saskatchewan’s trucking partners are offering up free inspections at two truck stops in the province.

The free commercial vehicle brake inspection and educational materials will be offered at a Regina truck stop tomorrow and a Saskatoon truck stop on Thursday.

"Our robust, export-driven economy relies on quick, efficient and safe shipping routes to worldwide markets with the trucking industry playing a vital role," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Wayne Elhard said. "I encourage professional commercial drivers to take advantage of these two free educational events.”

Brake Safety Week is being held throughout North America from Sept. 21 to 28. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, SGI, the Saskatchewan Trucking Association and other industry-related representatives have worked together to host the first event, Sept. 23 at the Husky Truck Stop on Highway 1 east.

 

A free brake check now, could save a few
pennies down the road and a lot of grief.

The second event will take place Sept. 25 at the Husky Truck Stop on Highway 16 west of Saskatoon. These two "pit stops" run each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"By ‘pit stopping’ for a brake inspection, they can also learn about the best maintenance and operational practices,” added Elhard. “Which may help drivers move goods more efficiently in the long run by avoiding a potential break down or an infraction."

Commercial drivers who voluntarily pull into these truck stops will be eligible for a free, 15-minute brake system inspection.

Brake Safety Week is an annual event that began in 2006 and focuses on enhancing knowledge, regulatory compliance and performance of commercial vehicle braking systems.
 

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