Volume 14, No. 2 Summer 2006
C C M T A
n e w s
N e w s l e t t e r o f t h e C a n a d i a n C o u n c i l o f M o t o r Tr a n s p o r t A d m i n i s t r a t o r s
Revamped web site coming soon Inside
The web address www.ccmta.ca is now a 2006 Annual Meeting
staple of CCMTA business. Launched a
decade ago, redesigned in 2001, it will now 3
benefit from significant improvements in Roadcheck 2006
2006 as new products and services will be
added by the end of the summer in order to 4-5-6
better serve all CCMTA members. Committee news
• Home stretch for CDLA
• HoS: application guide
Government and associate members who this summer
rely on the web site will have noticed • RSRP in brief
CCMTA makes every effort to post • Trip inspections: set for
documents electronically. The background • Forum on aging drivers
information for the standing committee a success
meetings, for instance, has been distributed
in this fashion for the last nine years. The 7
daily hits (visits) on www.ccmta.ca average over 100 per day. News from all over
• Commercial vehicle
brake safety symposium
Additions • FMCSA examines US/
Recognizing the web site has become an invaluable working tool, CCMTA is adding features to it in Canadian reciprocity
order to improve communications. The third-generation site will boast some members only pages for issues with proposed
its three standing committees, a discussion forum, survey and search engine capabilities and an policies
updated layout. In an effort to better highlight the work performed within committees as well as
project groups, both government and associate members will have better access to agendas, notices
of conference calls, background information, records of decisions, documentation as well as a host • Distracted driving sub-
of reports. group starts work
(Continued on page 13) 9
CCMTA’s Road Safety
• Police forces launch
Making Canada’s roads the safest Tincourtesy ofworldthwest Terr itories
PeO O: cour
the the Northwest erritor
orthw ories Canada Road Safety
– are we there yet? Week in Charlottetown
When Road Safety Vision 2010 was launched positive impact. While RSV 2001 had no quan- In the jurisdictions
in 2001, all jurisdictions agreed a mid-term titative targets like its successor RSV 2010, the
review of the initiative would be made to strategic objectives were met. Improvements 12
determine if stakeholder efforts were on track to were achieved as a result of initiatives that News from all over
• child seat anchoring
enable Canada to achieve its goal of having the addressed the most obvious problem areas – devices coming to school
safest roads in the world. non-use of seat belts or child restraints, drinking buses in 2007
and driving, and other high-risk behaviours such
Collective road safety interventions between
1996 and 2001 in support of RSV 2001 had a (Continued on page 5)
Calendar of Events
2006 Annual Meeting
Good business meetings and great weather! Thank you sponsors!
Island played host
to CCMTA’s 2006 Platinum
Annual Meeting and
• Digimarc Corporation
• Registrar of Imported Vehicles
got a boost from an
(Adminserv – A Livingston Company)
unusually warm • R.L. Polk Canada, Inc.
spell for the month • U-Haul Canada
of May. Things
could not have
worked out any Gold
• 3M Canada Company
One of the highlights of • EDS Canada
the week was the • Experian Automotive
launch of the 2006 • Giesecke & Devrient
Canada Road Safety W ith the colour CCMTA
guard behind him, CCMTA 2005-
• Unisys Canada Inc.
Week in the adjoining 2006 President John MacDonald welcomed all
park (see page 9). participants on Sunday, May 14 t h .
Delegates were fortunate to enjoy the P.E.I. volunteers, for making this
fabulous weather during the optional Annual Meeting our best ever. • AAMVA
activities, the bus tour of the Island and • Business Technology Consulting
the golf game at The Links at Crowbush. 2007 • Canadian Bank Note Company Limited
Planning is already under way for the • Canadian Transportation Equipment
Record participation 2007 CCMTA Annual Meeting, to be Association
What’s more, this year marked an all- held May 13-17, in Edmonton, • Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association
time high (275) in the number of Alberta. See you there! • CarProof.com / LienQuest.com
delegates (and companions) and • CEM Benchmarking Inc.
sponsors. CCMTA’s exhibition was sold-
• KPS & Associates Inc.
out. Our thanks to all, including the
• Zebra Card Printer Solutions
• 730 Permit Services, Inc.
• Accident Support Services International Ltd.
From l. to r.: Dwain
r.: • Alcohol Countermeasure Systems Corp.
Smith, Johanne St-Cyr • Association of International
(accepting for Linda Automobile Manufacturers of Canada
Thériault), Carole • Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association
Machtinger, Mitch F uhr, • Carfax, Inc.
Jennifer Kroeker-Hall and • Datacard Group
Jean Wilson. • dlid.org
• GET Canada Inc.
• Insurance Bureau of Canada
2006 CCMTA award recipients •
• J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
• Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council
Chairs ending their two-year term at the helm of their respective standing • PEI Automobile Dealers Association of Canada
committee: Jean Wilson (RSRP) and Mitch Fuhr (D&V) • Petroleum Services Association of Canada
Associate Member’s Award: Carole Machtinger • Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association
Jennie 2Howie Government Member’s Award: Jennifer Kroeker-Hall of Canada
Two special awards were given to people who have gone beyond the call of duty: • VeriSol (Verification Solutions Inc.)
Dwain Smith (MTO) and Linda Thériault (SAAQ) for the Hours of Service • War Amputations of Canada
• Wheels Inc.
2 CCMTA news - Summer 2006
OOS trend compares with last year’s results
The vast majority of commercial which crop up annually :
vehicles, 79.8%, inspected during logbook infractions,
Roadcheck 2006 passed the CVSA incomplete paperwork and
Level I requirements compared to mechanical defects.
a slightly lower out-of-service rate
of 18.5% last year. “The process is slowed by
sometimes 20 or 25
A total of 7,634 vehicles were inspected minutes when the driver
during this year’s blitz. Of those, 1,541 fails to produce certain
were placed out-of-service , although in documents. Some have
many cases drivers were able to make not bothered to update
the necessary adjustments on site, were their books for some time.
re-inspected and continued on their trip.
“Also, during their pre-trip
Of all OOS defect violations, about half inspection, some drivers
(50.8%) dealt with brake issues never check to see if they This U.S.-bound truck was among the commercial
(whether adjustment or the system). have the paperwork. vehicles randomly selected for a CVSA Level I
Other violations were safe loading Granted, they can drive Roadcheck,
inspection during this year ’s R oadcheck, in
(12%);lights (10%); suspension (8.6%) different vehicles (over Lancaster (Eastern Ontario).
and tires and wheels (6.8%). These their shift period) and so,
numbers are consistent with previous they won’t always know where the Overall, the 2006 results continue a ten-
Roadcheck initiatives. insurance papers are.” added year downward trend in the OOS rate.
enforcement agent Kentell.
(See related article on page 12)
According to MTO statistics, between
7,500 and 8,000 commercial vehicles
make their way daily from Quebec
Highway 20 (just east of the inspection
station) to Prescott (south of Ottawa)
along Highway 401. It’s a main
thoroughfare between Montreal and
Toronto. Eastern Ontario’s Lancaster
station is open 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. Its working area was
almost doubled last summer. Four
enforcement officers work
simultaneously. This is where CCMTA
witnessed the first few hours of
A little bit of everything
Ian Kentell, District Enforcement Co- CVSA Level I inspections only (* figures updated June 29, 2006)
ordinator and supervisor on this specific
shift, noted some of the discrepancies
MTO enforcement officers at work, from left to right: Jamie Barber shows driver Thomas Bernard a defective line;
driver; Kentell Raymond Parisien brake
Doug Howes points a leak to a driver ; Ian K entell in the renovated building; R aymond Parisien checking brak e push
Summer 2006 - CCMTA news
CDLA target of December 2006 RSRP in brief
Canadian Driver Licence Agreement payment of fines issue and the
Project Group Chair Mitch Fuhr reported developments and impacts of US CCMTA’s Board accepted both the
in May 2006 that completion of the legislation on the CDLA. SISM and National Occupant
CDLA remains the top priority for D&V. Restraint Program (NORP) annual
The new agreement will enhance the monitoring reports. The 2004-2005
existing CDLC, signed in 1990, which Speed and Intersection Safety
allows for the exchange of driver licences Management (SISM) monitoring report
and conviction information between included a list of initiatives various
Canadian jurisdictions, and will also jurisdictions implemented such as
include enhancements to both driver heftier fines, tracking intersection and
licence administration and identification speeding offences, running media
security. campaigns to promote safe driving
practices or monitoring intersections
The working group met in June in because of recent construction
Ottawa and established a number of changes.
important criteria for acceptance into the
CDLA and prioritized the CDLA articles As a side note to the 2005 NORP
to determine which initially can be filed monitoring report, NORP Task Force
CDLA participants wrapping up Chair Shannon Ell informed all
as exceptions. The next steps to meet
discussions in Ottawa. L. to r.: participants the Board had approved
the December deadline include a Carolyn Burggraaf (NL), Ross Burns
dedicated D&V and project group joint CCMTA-Transport Canada
(ON), Ian Tomlinson (CCMTA), Mitch
meeting in September to review the funding in order to conduct the annu-
Fuhr (AB), Harold Blaney (QC),
acceptance criteria, the final draft of the Claude Gélinas (QC) and Sam Erry
al seatbelt survey for an additional
agreement, completion of the non- (ON). two years.
HoS: application guide due out this summer
The Project Group on HoS preparing camera
Interpretation/Implementation has ready brochures,
been working steadily since the wallet cards and
regulations were published in the posters.
Canada Gazette, Part I, last
November. The group met with Implementation in
regulated stakeholders in May and 2007
early June to finalize the application All jurisdictions
guide, and in the process, Transport indicated their
Canada identified a number of commitment to the
technical amendments to the January 1st, 2007
regulations which will be made over implementation date,
the course of the summer. barring unforeseen
As a result of regulated stakeholder as elections and a
input and the promised technical time slot on the
amendments, the draft Application legislative agenda.
Guide was reviewed and amended
during the June meeting. It is expected the
Trucking firms and drivers alik e should soon be
able to consult the hours of service guide.
Jurisdictions as well as the industry Guide will be
have commenced the development and available in August. When ready, it will
preparation of training materials. In be posted on the CCMTA web site.
addition, TC has committed to
4 CCMTA news - Summer 2006
Trip Inspection: getting set for July 2007
Meeting in May as part of the 2006 inspection when in Saskatchewan.
Annual Meeting, the CRA Committee
and Board approved the Trip Inspection As part of the implementation process, a
Project Group’s recommendation that guidance document is being developed
jurisdictions agree to accept compliance under the lead of Quebec’s Alain Turcotte
with either the existing or the new NSC to foster a uniform approach to the
Standard 13 at roadside based on the enforcement of the revised standard.
legislated requirements in place in the
carriers’ base-plate province. Under this Motor coach groups created
option, however, carriers will also have As part and parcel of the revised
the possibility to move to the new standard’s new two-stage inspection
revised standard earlier than the protocol for motor coaches (see summer
prescribed national implementation 2005 issue of News), two new project
target date of July 1st, 2007. groups were created. The Project Group on
Emerging In-cab Brake Monitoring
The Project Group, led by Ontario’s Peter Technology, to be chaired by Manitoba’s
Hurst, was tasked with developing an Darren Christle, will explore emerging
implementation strategy for the transi- brake push rod monitoring technologies.
tion period between implementation of The second group, led by British
the revised TI Standard in Saskatchewan Columbia’s Greg Gilks, will monitor and
on July 1st, 2006 and cross-Canada Montreal-based Zeeshan Iftikhar of analyze CVSA and PMVI inspection results
implementation one year later. Under the Transport d’ici goes through some specifically relating to motor coach brake
reciprocal arrangement, Saskatchewan of the pre-trip inspection points. fitness as it pertains to the new standard.
agreed not to enforce the new require- Reports are expected in the fall. The
ments relative to inspection schedule tion period, as long as out-of-province groups’ mandate runs to May 2007.
and driver declaration during the transi- operators carried proof of a trip
Road Safety Vision 2010 review territorial and municipal levels of identifying the measures contained in the
(continued from page 1) government as well as public and various strategies and implemented by
private non-government agencies in each jurisdiction, identifying areas where
as speeding and aggressive driving. The Canada, coordinating efforts among greater efforts are needed, identifying
number of road users killed decreased by numerous stakeholders to improve possible changes in targets and identifying
10% and the number of seriously injured road travel in Canada is a huge expertise and resources required to enable
fell by 16% despite constant increases undertaking. Canada to achieve the quantitative targets
in the road user population. Canada’s of the Vision.
level of road safety, as measured by Consultant hired
deaths per registered motor vehicle for Assessing the progress made by all Members of the three standing committees
this time period, improved by 10%. In stakeholders in achieving the national will be consulted as well as members of
2001 Canada’s motor vehicle fatality target and sub-targets will be just as the various task forces who have
rate ranked 5th among OECD countries daunting. As a result, CCMTA and strategies in place in support of a specific
based on “deaths per billion vehicle Transport Canada are sharing the sub-target. The input of CCMTA road
kilometres travelled”. costs to hire the Canadian Traffic safety stakeholders will also be solicited
Safety Institute to undertake this through a survey to determine key
RSV 2010’s challenge is to successfully important work through the next year. activities being carried out among non-
achieve its target and sub-targets for government road safety advocates.
fatality and serious injury reductions in The consultant’s job will be to
crucial areas of road safety in Canada. determine what sub-target progress The final report is expected to be complet-
Since responsibility for road safety is has been made nationally and within ed by May 2007.
shared among federal/provincial/ each jurisdiction. This will be done by
Summer 2006 - CCMTA news
Joint forum in Texas a success
A three-day forum, jointly hosted by
CCMTA and AAMVA, the first ever in
North America to focus on both driver
fitness and older driver issues, was held
in Austin, Texas on March 4 to 6,
The event, under the theme “Challenging
Myths and Opening Minds: Aging and
the Medically At-Risk Driver”, was
declared a success by the more than
150 delegates who participated, and
included topics on legal and medical
considerations, the screening assess-
ment and testing of drivers, strategies on
forming partnerships and public educa-
tion and awareness.
The third day of the forum, entitled
“Canada Day”, focused exclusively on
the Canadian experience and included a
number of sessions based on the first
two days along with specific presenta-
tions and discussions about successful Participants at work during the
and innovative experiences, programs, Canada Day portion of the forum. (Continued on the next page)
Two new project groups at CRA
As part of the May meeting, the CRA 2005, that the issue dealt with the economic and practical regulatory
committee created two new groups to pointing of collisions as part of the reasons to apply the associated
review collision reporting for commer- carrier profile, and as such a change to legislation to intraprovincial trucks at a
cial vehicles, and the application the provincially mandated reportable higher RGVW threshold.
threshold of the National Safety Code. collision threshold was unlikely to
address the industry’s concerns. Opinions differ as to whether those
Collision reporting threshold vehicles at the lower end of the NSC
The treatment of collisions as part of The group will hold its inaugural spectrum should be subject to the
the carrier profile has long been raised conference call some time in the complete range of NSC obligations:
as an issue by the trucking industry. summer, with the first order of business most are smaller trucks owned by the
Under NSC Standard 14 on Safety being the appointment of a Chair. The trade and service sector, have two
Rating, all reportable collisions must PG comprises several jurisdictions as axles, do not require a commercial
be recorded on the carrier profile. As all well as industry stakeholders. class of driver’s licence, and do not fit
motor vehicle collisions over $1000 the freight carrier model. As such, it is
property damage are legally reportable, NSC threshold review argued the light commercial vehicle
industry stakeholders suggest there The second group, to be led by British population should be covered by a
should be a mechanism in place to Columbia’s Greg Gilks, will look at monitoring system that is focused
exempt low-level collisions from being options to improve the applicability of more on safety operations and less on
recorded on the carrier profile. the NSC. NSC standards are applied to administrative requirements.
trucks and tractor-trailer combinations
The issue was reviewed by CRA and which operate interprovincially with a Deliberations will start over the course
the Road Safety Research Committee registered gross vehicle weight in excess of the summer. Both groups’ mandate
in 2001/2002. The RSRP Committee of 4 500 kg, although a number of extends to the spring of next year.
suggested at the time, and again in jurisdictions chose for geographic, Status reports are expected in the fall.
6 CCMTA news - Summer 2006
News from all over
Commercial vehicle brake safety symposium
FMCSA initiates reciprocity planned for fall
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Brake, of the 4,055 drivers surveyed
The US Federal Motor Carrier Safety is planning a commercial vehicle brake only 15 (0.37%) provided correct
Administration has launched a two- safety symposium in Indianapolis responses to the questions regarding
year “US/Canadian Reciprocity Issues December 5-7, 2006. The event, a brake adjustment.
Study” (ending in February 2008) in follow-up to the September 2000
order to examine the effects of its Toronto Brake Safety Conference, will Arguably the largest study ever conduct-
regulatory proposals and policy bring together vehicle and brake manu- ed on truck crashes, the 2001-2003
initiatives on Canadian carriers and facturers, carriers, fleet managers, Large Truck Crash Causation Study
drivers who operate in the United technicians, government regulators, released earlier this year by the FMCSA
States. FMCSA would like to enforcement personnel, drivers and other and the NHTSA showed brakes were a
harmonize (and achieve reciprocal stakeholders in a bid to share knowledge factor in 29.4% of all the crashes
recognition of) its programs, policies and develop strategies to improve investigated.
and regulations in cross-border vehicle commercial vehicle brake safety.
operations. The symposium will provide participants
Brakes comprise by far the largest with the latest information on techno-
Existing reciprocity agreements will be percentage of out-of-service violations logy advancements in the industry, best
examined to identify which areas need cited during roadside inspections in both practices for inspection, maintenance
to be improved upon in order to ensure Canada and the United States. Enforce- and operation of braking systems and
the continued free flow of goods ment data consistently shows a low data on various aspects of brake
between the two countries. number of truck drivers in North America compliance and safety. The complete
have a clear understanding of air brakes program brochure can be downloaded at
The study will be a topic during a and brake adjustment. In a 2003 survey www.cvsa.org.
September CVSA workshop in Toronto. of commercial driver knowledge on
brakes conducted through Operation Air
research and practices in Canada. Also Key forum findings identified the need for:
included was a facilitated session
• individual assessment
designed to start the process for the
• partnerships, and engaging target groups
revision of CCMTA’s Aging Driver
• data and research to support evidence-based practices
Strategy, developed in the late 1990s.
• education and training for health care practitioners,
enforcement officers and driving examiners
Co–Chairs Jennifer-Kroeker-Hall (BC)
• sharing information
and Sue Lo (ON) of CCMTA’s Aging
• identification of funding sources and legal issues
Driver Task Force noted this meeting set
• clarity around who’s responsibility and role it is to discuss when it’s time
the ground work for the task force and
to stop driving?
provided some direction on how the
existing strategy can be updated and
evolve to accommodate the coming
wave of aging drivers and fit with the
current reality of evidence-based medical Questions to be resolved and addressed in the new
evaluation. This process will continue
strategy may include:
with a special half-day session for both
• can cessation guidelines be developed?
D&V and RSRP committee members
• why not put more emphasis on alternative transportation?
planned for the November 2006 fall
• what evidence is there that retesting is effective?
• who is educating driving educators about older drivers?
• what is the role of licensing authorities and medical examiners?
CCMTA would like to acknowledge the
• who will fund individual assessments?
Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)
for its sponsorship and financial support
of Canada Day.
Summer 2006 - CCMTA news
Distracted driving sub-group goes to work
“Driven to distraction” is a common performance leading to increased risk of
catch phrase being used by members of driver error, near-crashes or crashes. D&V creates new groups
the road safety community today to
describe a form of impairment with “The diversion of attention is not Vehicle Inspection Standards
which the public is increasingly attributable to a medical condition, Led by Mark Francis of BC, the
becoming familiar. alcohol/drug use and/or fatigue” group will address a number of
passenger vehicle inspection
CCMTA’s Sub-Group on Distracted This definition holds several important standards including a review of
Driving believes 20-30% of collisions implications as to how jurisdictions can possible standards for importation
involve distracted driving. Such occur- approach the driver distraction problem. of vehicles over 15 years old, flood
rences can arise from any number of It excludes pre-existing conditions, damage vehicles, national harmoni-
different sources: outside the vehicle including impairment by alcohol or zation and reciprocity issues.
(signs, billboards, people), within the drugs, fatigue, and psychological state;
vehicle (vehicle controls, other occu- however, any of these can make it easier Alcohol Interlock Reciprocity
pants), items introduced into the vehicle for a driver to be distracted or can This working group, led by new
(food, beverages, maps and insects), change the effect of a distraction. committee member, Réjean
and actions (adjusting vehicle controls, Babineau of YT, will be developing a
manipulating audio equipment, talking Using the definition, the sub-group aims mandate for November to identify
on a cell phone, smoking, grooming). to determine how frequently distraction issues related to harmonization and
occurs during the driving task; determine reciprocity. Many jurisdictions have
To address this growing road safety how frequently it is a factor in motor introduced Alcohol Interlock
concern, the Sub-Group on Distracted vehicle collisions (by collision type and programs and issues have arisen
Driving recently completed a strategy severity); identify key sources of with drivers who relocate to another
which was approved by the CCMTA distraction in collisions; identify how jurisdiction when they are under an
Board of Directors in May 2006. It distraction affects driver performance for Interlock program as a sanction for
becomes a component of the Strategy to a range of driving tasks; and, how impaired driving.
Reduce Impaired Driving (STRID). distraction affects a driver’s collision risk
However, while methods exist to (for a range of driving tasks and driving Detailed information on all groups’
measure alcohol-related collisions, conditions). mandates will be available on
jurisdictions do not yet have the ability CCMTA’s enhanced web site,
to measure the number of collisions due In addition to the aforementioned, the www.ccmta.ca, as of September.
exclusively to driver distraction. As a sub-group has developed a list of
result, no Road Safety Vision 2010 sub- recommendations to work towards in
target has been set due to the lack of a the future as well as some for immediate
suitable baseline measure. The broad- action. The full strategy can be obtained
reaching strategy rather considers all from the CCMTA web site.
potential sources of distraction.
Definition Techno Ramblings
One challenge for the sub-group was to
develop a definition of driver distraction
“Live” metal to protect against side impacts
that could be adopted by all jurisdic-
Germany has been known for decades for its engineering capabilities. Using an on-
tions. Guided by the discussions at the
demand transformable metal in the doors and aided by cameras and a radar,
October 2005 CAA and TIRF Interna-
researchers in a European Union project are developing a car which will better
tional Conference on Distracted Driving,
protect passengers against a side impact.
the Distraction Sub-Group developed the
following definition included in the
Using the premiss passengers are not as well protected during side impacts and that
air bags don’t necessarily have time to deploy in such a situation, a complex system
estimates the chances of such a collision with another vehicle. Its computer then
“Distracted driving is the diversion of
sends an electrical current to a reactive metal in the doors which causes the beam to
attention from driving, as a result of the
8 “swell”, thus reinforcing the door-to-frame junction. One car is to be fitted with all
driver focusing on a non-driving object,
sensors and safety equipment by 2007, with crash tests starting in 2008.
activity, event or person. This diversion
reduces awareness, decision-making or
8 CCMTA news - Summer 2006
CCMTA’s Road Safety Vision
Canada Road Safety Week drives point home
The morning was picture-perfect
as CCMTA Annual Meeting dele-
gates, a host of dignitaries as well
as many police representatives
from Atlantic Canada assembled
in Confederation Landing Park in
Charlottetown to witness the
launch of the 2006 Canada Road
Canada Road Safety Week is a police
initative which was conceived as a way
to remind Canadians about safety while
they are driving. Annually launched in
the week immediately preceding the May
long weekend, officers are especially
attentive to situations which could put Police officers from the Atlantic
drivers – and other road users – at risk. provinces were on hand in
Officers also watch out for any impaired Confederation Landing Park.
driving, intersection safety, seatbelt or
speeding incidents. Canada Road Safety
Week has been endorsed by the Cana-
dian Association of Chiefs of Police and
has become law enforcement’s contribu-
tion to the Road Safety Vision 2010
Minister Gail Shea (above)
A few spokespersons took to the pledged her support to Canada
podium, including Charlottetown police Road Safety Week and Road
Safety Vision 2010’s objective of
chief Paul Smith. Prince Edward Island
Canada having the safest roads in
Minister of Transportation and Publics the world. At right, the rollover
Works Gail Shea was on hand. “Think simulator.
about safety whenever getting behind the
wheel,” she reminded onlookers and
News from all over
CCMTA president John MacDonald
reiterated almost 3,000 people are killed Breathalysers: standard equipment in all vehicles?
and 13,000 are injured on Canadian New York legislators are toying with the idea of creating a law which would make
roads each year. RCMP PEI super- installation of breathalysers mandatory in all vehicles, a USA Today columnist
intendent Randy Robar also said a few revelead in late April. According to Jayne O’Donnell, some would like this feature to
words in this capacity but also as a become standard by 2009. Sweden would also be looking into such a step and has
representative of the Canadian Associa- proposed the measure be adopted in that country by 2012.
tion of Chiefs of Police. He reminded the
audience police can ensure visibility on Hey, drop the cellphone and stop!
the roads, but Canadians must do their Los Angeles may once again become a fertile ground for another gadget first: a GPS-
part in adopting safe driving practices. based warning system to signal a cellular-yielding driver he/she is coming to an
intersection. Inventor Demetrius Thompson hatched the idea supposedly because he
was hit twice by drivers using their cellular phone. Mr. Thompson’s efforts rely on
reports he obtained suggesting hands-free cellular phones do not prevent accidents.
Whenever a driver/phone user comes up to 300 feet from an intersection, the
MyMobileAlert system emits a sound through the telephone to alert the driver/user he/
she is arriving at an intersection.
Summer 2006 - CCMTA news
In the jurisdictions
New driver licence, fine retrieval
and possible Ignition Interlock
program in NT Ignition Interlock, joint digital pilot project in PEI
The Northwest Territories has been busy
with the implementation of a new driver Prince Edward
licence. The first new licence, NT Island has just
Commissionner Tony Whitford’s, was recently passed
issued June 29, 2006 in the Yellowknife legislation on a
issuing office. Offices in other communi- new Ignition
ties will be added until all issuing agen-
cies are on-stream. Interlock
***** has signed a
The Department of Transportation has Alcohol
joined forces with the Department of Countermeasure
Justice to address the problem of Systems –
outstanding motor vehicle fines. As of Guardian
June 1st, 2006, drivers who have unpaid Interlock. The
fines issued in the Northwest Territories Department of
in accordance with the Motor Vehicles Transportation PHOTO: T. Garrity, P .E.I. Department of Transportation
Act are denied driver and vehicle and Public Works
licensing services until the outstanding Transportation Public Works
account is reconciled. Works has been P rince Edward Island Transportation and P ublic W orks
interested in Minister Gail Shea signed the contract for the program
last May while sitting in a Speedy Glass Chrysler PT
Cruiser fitted with the device.
The Department is considering the program for
implementation of an Ignition Interlock many years but due to its smaller population size it was not yet available in that
program. Legislative authority has been region. PEI is the first of the Maritime provinces to adopt such a program.
established, and officials are construc-
ting the framework and details of the PEI plans to have the program fully operational in the fall.
Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick completed a successful pilot program
Efforts are under way to implement a with the exchange of digital images on the IRE network. For the first time ever,
new road safety program emphasizing two provinces will not only be able to share a driver’s record through IRE, but
education, engineering and enforcement. will be able to share that person’s digital image. This is an increasingly
A new coordinator will form the core of important tool for verification and supports the CDLA.
the initiative, working with law enforce-
ment, other government departments With the success of the program between the two provinces, other Canadian
and the public to raise awareness of jurisdictions will now be in a position to schedule implementation of digital
road safety issues. As part of the image exchange.
program a Transportation Safety Board,
chaired by the Deputy Minister, will be
established and will consist of represen-
tatives from organizations that have an regions on the dangers of driving while driving capabilities. Offered since
interest in road and vehicle safety. impaired by cannabis. These sessions, January of this year, the course is
held between March and September divided into five modules and aims to
Quebec promoting awareness, 2006, are also designed to train people train therapists in screening methods.
training and reaching out to other who will in turn organize other seminars.
departments SAAQ uses occupational therapists with
Among the numerous initiatives ***** some people to determine their driving
undertaken in the last year, SAAQ ability but it found training was not
teamed up with the Association des Also on the education front, SAAQ always consistent. The Société thus
intervenants en toxicomanie (an helped develop Montreal’s McGill presented its requirements and followed
association of workers in the field of University internet-based, bilingual up on the course development.
substance abuse) to conduct 15 to 20 graduate certificate to occupational
presentations for young people in various therapists who are called upon to assess (Continued on page 11)
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In the jurisdictions
(Continued from previous page) applicant has to produce in order to
***** obtain a driver licence. The number
***** drops from 44 to 13. This process
The Fraudulent Document Recognition As part of the Seniors’ Gold Plan follows on the heels of a series of
Training has paid off. Two SAAQ announced by the Saskatchewan recommendations from Ontario’s Auditor
employees were trained with the FDRT government in May, SGI will provide free General and falls in line with CCMTA’s
material. Their knowledge supported non-driver photo identification to seniors new acceptable document requirements.
police authorities as some 40 seized (65 and over), as of June 1st, 2006,
documents were analyzed. including free fishing licences, reduced Bill 169 seeks to improve daily vehicle
rates on provincial bus lines and free inspection standards by incorporating
***** entry into provincial parks. National Safety Code requirements for
trucks, trailers and buses. It will deem
SAAQ is adding to its on-line services. Ontario targets false documents, vehicles “unsafe” if debris and parts fall
SAAQclic-EED, launched last year, further protects children off. It intends to look into new vehicle
enables designated employees in other Ontario’s Bill 169 received Royal Assent technologies (e-bikes, Segway Personal
provincial departments or in municipal last November. In addition to heftier Transporters and Low Speed Vehicles).
courts to conduct electronic data fines for speeding and longer licence
interchange with SAAQ in matters suspensions for some repeat offenders, *****
related to non-payment of fines, notices it cracks down on Ontarians making a
of offences to road carriers, requests for false statement, including an electronic Late last year, legislation was passed in
information, etc. document. The fines are increased ten- order to better protect children who ride
fold (ranging from $400 to $50,000) in vehicles. Young children must be
Legislative, research and service for people convicted of having or dis- buckled up in the appropriate child seat
changes in Saskatchewan playing a fictitious, altered, fraudulently (including a booster seat). Ontario also
Two bills were proclaimed in the spring obtained – and now, imitation – driver now restricts the number of young
session of the Saskatchewan legislature. licence. passengers riding with a teen G2 licence
The Traffic Safety Act 2004 (TSA) and holder. Finally, owners whose vehicle
its 2005 amendments were passed and Also on the identification front, the illegally passes a stopped school bus
were proclaimed into force on July 1st, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario will be charged.
2006. The new Act is an amalgamation has limited the number of documents an
of three existing Acts: The Highway
Traffic Act, The Motor Carrier Act and
The Vehicle Administration Act. In
addition, the new TSA includes the Rollover simulator debuts in Saskatchewan
following legislative amendments:
• implementation and use of Standard For every two people who die in an SGI has partnered with the RCMP to
Field Sobriety Tests – 24-hour auto collision because they were not take the simulator on the road to rural
suspension resulting from a failed test wearing a seatbelt, one would have high schools, First Nations communi-
or refusal to take the test; lived had he/she taken the time to ties, trade fairs, malls and other
• increased suspension period for buckle up. SGI is driving home the events as part of its traffic safety
second .04 BACs in a five-year period message with its newest traffic safety education program.
– from 24 hours to 15 days. tool, a rollover
The simulator is a
Saskatchewan’s drinking and driving vehicle cab with a
legislation has been in place for ten motorized encasement
years. SGI will be doing an evaluation of which rolls it, simula-
all areas, which is to be completed in ting a rollover inci-
the spring of 2007. SGI has identified a dent. Straw-filled
need to create a stronger linkage dummies are used to
between traffic safety and insurance loss show the effectiveness
prevention. The new long-term traffic of seatbelts by
safety strategies will include opportuni- simulating rollovers,
ties to reduce the severity of collisions/ first belted, then
injuries and to more strategically target unbelted. PHOTO: courtesy SGI
Summer 2006 - CCMTA news 11
News from all over
Child seat anchoring systems coming to school buses
New federal Transport Minister required for years in passenger vehicles. out an arrangement whereby not all
Lawrence Cannon made it official just seats would be fitted with the anchoring
days after it was published in the Jay Rieger, one of the engineers respon- systems, they had agreed to go ahead
Canada Gazette, Part II: all new school sible for the standard at Transport with the changes. On the operational
buses will be fitted with a certain Canada, mentioned to CCMTA News front, conceded Mr. Rieger, more
number of child seat anchoring systems that while manufacturers had worked discussion will be needed in order to
as of April 1st, 2007. implement this new safety measure.
“Provinces, added Mr. Rieger, will have
Depending on their seating capability, to think about ways to implement these
these buses will sport between two and securement systems. TC will continue to
eight user-ready tether and lower offer direction in this area.”
universal anchorages on bench seats,
with provisions they not be anchored to Questions
the floor and none of the seats closest Some bus service providers have raised
to the emergency exits be so fitted. many questions about the adoption of
Children weighing less than 18 kg must the new safety initiative. Who will pay
ride in a forward-facing child seat. for the seats? Who will buckle or
Toddlers (weighing less than 10 kg and unbuckle the children? How much time
PHOTO: A. Racine
aged up to one year) must be restrained will be needed to accomplish this simple
Buses manufactured as of April 1st,
in a rear-facing seat. The changes to the 2007 will be required to be fitted task as even school bus drivers run a
Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations reflect with a number of anchorage devices tight schedule?
the anchoring systems which have been seats.
for infant and child seats.
Road safety: two truck ers’ perspective...
A life on the road is officially retired, but admits to getting His travels have had him drive
People who get behing the wheel of a bored at home, and so he drives a throughout the western US and to the
commercial vehicle each have their Peterbuilt tractor “for a friend” a couple Canadian West Coast, as well as
own unique story as with other jobs. of times a week on the Cornwall through portions of central Canada.
(Ontario)-Valleyfield (Quebec) run. “I’ll “People obey the speed limit more
Martin Palfrey, who presently lives in never do more than two loads a day! here,” he says of his experience North
the Cornwall area, stills thrives on Why still do it? I like to drive! That’s of the border. “Traffic is lighter, too. I
driving... at age 71! “I started driving how I relax. Winter doesn’t bother me... get to see some beautiful country....
when I was 15 and went on But the construction and the But there are no regular working
to tractors-trailers as soon tourists do... hours!”
as I got my licence at 16!”
states Mr. Palfrey. “I went “People can do the stupidest Mr. Bernard did have a few thoughts
all over Canada and the US things at the wheel. They on the industry. “It’s like anywhere
and yes, I have seen change don’t know where else, you have good and
for the better in the industry. they’re going so bad people. Every job will
Trucks today are higher in they’ll cut you off. have its ups and downs. As
weight and they tend to have Oh, and those far as the commercial driver
more axles, so drivers have cellphones!” licences go, I wish they’d
to know what they’re doing.” Martin Palfrey clean up the industry some
Mid-life crisis more. The equipment has
The veteran originally hails from As for Thomas Bernard, from become five times better,
Montreal but his family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, he partly because of better
Cornwall in 1948. Over the years as turned to trucking as a mid- enforcement. But the
he was plying his trade, Mr. Palfrey life crisis. “I was an engineer Thomas Bernard driving schools are still not
lived in Brownsburg (QC) and Niagara and 23 years ago, I decided I tough enough on some
12 wanted to drive. It was something I had (candidates). And experience remains
been wanting to do for years. I had to the best teacher.”
“I spent my summers here in the area,” convince my family. Others thought I
he says of his younger days. Today, he was nuts. But I don’t regret it!”
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Canada has a new Minister of takes over as Acting Assistant Deputy Robertson.
new leader. She is Robyn Robertson
Transport. He is Lawrence Cannon a Minister at Alberta Transportation Safety She succeeds Herb Simpson who had
former Quebec provincial minister and Services and is the new AB Board been at the helm for 31 years as
more recently, municipal politician. member. President and CEO.
Alberta Transportation and Infrastructure Newfoundland and Labrador is now In late breaking news, TC’s Derek
has a new boss, The Honourable Ty represented on the Board by Gerard Sweet’s
Sweet successor has just been
Lund (Gerry) B. Antle who took over as named. Kash Ram takes over as of
Registrar of Motor Vehicles on April 3rd, July 31st as Director General, Road
Angus MacIsaac is Nova Scotia’s new Norman,
2006, replacing David Norman who Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulations.
Minister of Transportation and Public moved over to labour relations in the NL
Works. Public Service Secretariat.
Changing of the guard also in Nunavut:
Olayuk Akesuk is the new Minister of
New chair at the helm of RSRP.
Transport Canada’s Brian Jonah takes
Economic Development and Transporta- over from outgoing Jean Wilson Mr. Joseph Bavota
tion. (ICBC). Carolyn Halbert (MPI) has General Manager
been nominated as vice chair. Association des mandataires en
Donna Cansfield became Ontario’s Representatives at the RSRP table met vérification mécanique du Québec
new Transportation Minister, last May. Golding,
Scott Golding Senior Policy and
She replaces Harinder Takhar who Program Analyst, Road Licensing and Ms. Marliese Janes
moved on to become Minister of Small Safety Division, Department of President
Business and Entrepreneurship. Transportation of the Northwest Newfoundland and Labrador Safety
Territories. As for Manitoba’s Barry Council
MTO’s Frank D’Onofrio is moving on. Watson,
Watson he has left RSRP. Nunavut’s
He left his position as Assistant Deputy Rosie Nuliayok replaced Lorna Gee Donald K. Miller
Minister in June to become ADM at the (Ms. Gee remains on the Board). Sr. Fleet Manager
Ministry of Government Services to help Federal Express Corporation
implement the ServiceOntario initiative. Quebec’s Harold Blaney becomes
Ernie Bartucci will be replacing him D&V chair, replacing outgoing Mitch Mr. David Myrah
on the Board as ADM, Road User Fuhr (AB). Susan McCracken (NB) Transportation Safety and Compliance
Safety, on an interim basis. Speaking of becomes vice chair. A few new members Eveready Industrial Services Corp.
the Board, BC’s Chris Boxall has been made their first official appearance:
replaced by Mark Medgyesi Also, Réjean Babineau (YT), Dave Mr. Paulo Nunes
Manitoba’s Ward Keith has replaced Petryshen (NU) (who replaces James MFM International Inc.
Clarke Campbell and Darren Demcheson), Kelley Merilees-Keppel
Christle on the Board. (NT) and Brian Rapinchuk (MB). Mr. Marvin Wiebe
Gregg Hooke has retired from the In associate member news, the Traffic 2 Secure Cargo Systems, Inc.
Alberta government. Jeannette Espie Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) has a
News from all over...
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benefit from these enhanced features.
An 18-year old British driver got more The key to accessing the revamped
than he bargained for when six police web site and its new features will lie in
cruisers and a helicopter chased after issuing passwords and identification www.ccmta.ca highlights:
him while he was driving a tractor at the numbers. To this effect, a user
breakneck speed of 19 km/h. The chase • enhanced content with working
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happened on a Devon County (England) group/task force specific pages
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highway. After three tries, officers were late August or early September. • search engine
able to nab the drinking driver. He was • members’ access through
charged with dangerous and impaired The official launch date for the identification number and
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