March 14, 2005

More funding available for National Safety Code

Saint John, New Brunswick – $17.6 million in funding was announced Friday to help the provinces and territories continue to implement the National Safety Code for trucks and buses. The announcement was made by Lac-Saint-Louis M.P. Francis Scarpaleggia, on behalf of Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre.

The funding will further efforts to achieve a 30 per cent reduction in road fatalities and serious injuries by 2010, by focusing on safety ratings, commercial vehicle maintenance and driver examiner training programs. It is part of the national Road Safety Vision 2010 effort, an initiative of federal, provincial and territorial governments working with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators to raise awareness of road safety issues, improve cooperation between safety agencies and toughen enforcement.

At the end of the last fiscal year, Transport Canada had contributed $68.8 million to the provinces and territories to support the National Safety Code, which began in 1987. The new funding will be allocated between 2005 and 2008, and will be directed toward implementing a harmonized motor carrier safety regime across Canada.

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