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NB minister works toward uniform truck regs

New Brunswick Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors recently met with trucking industry stakeholders who urged him to seek better size and weight uniformity between the provinces.

The stakeholder session – one of three the minister is holding across the province — focused primarily on how commercial vehicle weight restrictions are enforced on New Brunswick highways, the Telegraph Journal reports.

A truck driver in the audience said that varying rules currently are confusing for operators as they travel between provinces. New Brunswick, for example, allows much more officer discretion in how regulations are enforced compared to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

“There is a strong interest in creating the same treatment, same standard for everyone,” Trevors said. “We have officer discretion, but is that the right way? That seems to be as hard on the truck driver and it is the officer.”

Trevors says he believes in further grassroots consultation with industry to iron out the issues. He added his staff will compile a report of findings early in the new year.