More than 85 per cent of heavy trucks randomly checked during anaround-the-clock inspection blitz this week passed the tougheston-road inspection standards. That’s up nearly four per cent overthe previous year. Provincial vehicle compliance officers were on the job night andday from Tuesday, June 8 to today, June 10, inspecting heavytrucks at the inbound Amherst scale house, as part of this year’sinternational Roadcheck event. “Roadcheck gives Nova Scotians a snapshot of roadside safetyenforcement, and the kind of inspections our vehicle complianceofficers carry out every day,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “It also gives the truckingindustry the opportunity to show its commitment to safety on ourhighways.” One-hundred-and-ninety-one heavy trucks were inspected as theyentered Nova Scotia on Highway 104. Of those vehicles, 164 passed the rigorous inspection standards, while 27 were taken outof service. Mobile patrols inspected commercial vehicles travelling otherhighways across the province. Commercial vehicles were selected randomly and subjected to themost comprehensive and stringent of the Commercial Vehicle SafetyAlliance (CVSA) on-road inspection procedures. The International Roadcheck is held annually throughout Canada,the United States and Mexico. Fatalities from crashes involving commercial vehicles havedeclined over the years. In Canada, from 1997 to 2001 the numberof fatal crashes involving commercial vehicles dropped from 1,032to 951 — and the corresponding fatalities decreased from 664 to548 — a 17.5 per cent decline.