Mandatory truck driver training to begin in Saskatchewan

REGINA – Mandatory training for commercial truck drivers in Saskatchewan is to begin Friday. The change was announced in December, eight months after a deadly crash between a semi and a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. READ MORE: Tragedy and inspiration: Humboldt Broncos named newsmaker of the year[1]

Sixteen people died and 13 were injured when an inexperienced truck driver from Calgary blew through a stop sign in rural Saskatchewan and into the path of the bus. New drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence will be required to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training, pass more rigorous driver’s tests and will be monitored for one year. The province says current Class 1 drivers will not be subject to the new standards, but anyone wanting to drive a semi as part of a farming operation will have to pass the new tests.

Alberta brought in mandatory truck driver training this month, but farm workers can apply for a one-year extension. Ontario was previously the only province with mandatory truck driver training. Canada’s transportation ministers have agreed to develop an entry-level national training standard for semi-truck drivers.

READ MORE: Petition calls for feds to take over trucking industry regulations[2]

Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has said it will be in place by next January.

References

  1. ^ Tragedy and inspiration: Humboldt Broncos named newsmaker of the year (www.660citynews.com)
  2. ^ Petition calls for feds to take over trucking industry regulations (www.660citynews.com)

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