Transport Canada invests to update Motor Vehicle Test Centre



    BLAINVILLE, QC, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada today
announced that road users in Canada will benefit from $14.2 million in
improvements at Transport Canada's Motor Vehicle Test Centre in Blainville,
Quebec.
    These improvements, part of the Modernizing Federal Laboratories
initiative included in Budget 2009, will update the centre and expand test
capability to address emerging opportunities to reduce road safety risks.
Findings are shared with the automotive industry to help reduce road
casualties.
    "These funds will modernize our facility in Blainville and will help
reduce road casualties across the country and the world in the longer term,"
said Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird. "With this funding, our
scientists and researchers will have a more modern work environment, which
will support research and development leading to better health and safety
outcomes for Canadians."
    In particular, the improvements include updating the test track and
propulsion system, new laboratory space for testing in support of developing
new regulations aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian, cyclist and
motorcyclist casualties and repaving the surrounding roads.
    Transport Canada carries out motor vehicle safety standard compliance
testing, crash avoidance and crashworthiness testing at the Motor Vehicle Test
Centre, a government-owned, contractor-operated test laboratory. The testing
facility, the only one of its kind in Canada, has been in operation since
1978.

    In Budget 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government
committed to an accelerated investment program to provide $250 million, over
the next two years, to modernize federal laboratories. The funding, one of the
many job-creating investments in the Economic Action Plan, will improve these
facilities while providing economic stimulus in regions across the country.




For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.
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