Category: Biggar

PEI reduces minimum truck licensing age

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – Eighteen-year-olds in the last stages of graduated licensing will now be able to earn Class 3 truck driving licences under amendments to Prince Edward Island’s Highway Traffic Act — aligning with other provinces and territories.

A Class 3 licence applies to a truck or combination above 14,000 kilograms, including special equipment or gooseneck trailers.

The amendments were made as of a result of the Federation of Agriculture’s request to the government to help alleviate a shortage of truck drivers.  

“The agriculture industry is pleased to see this change,” said federation president David Mol. “As spring planting gets underway and we enter another busy season, it is important we have qualified heavy truck operators available across the island.”

“Prince Edward Island is an export-based economy and our traditional industries rely on trained drivers for access to markets,” said Paula Biggar, transportation, infrastructure and energy minister. “By placing our system on par with the other Canadian provinces, we may encourage young islanders to consider entering the transport industry.”

The current minimum age in the province to exit the graduated licensing system is 18 years and nine months, after completing a driver education program. Those who don’t complete the program need to wait until they’re 19.

Two dead, three hurt in Biggar truck rollover

The town of Biggar is grieving the sudden deaths of two young men in a truck rollover Wednesday night. The crash happened just days after the death of a 20-year-old man in an ATV rollover on Saturday. “It’s quite upsetting, three young people dying within four or five days,” town Coun. Eugene Motruk said. “Losing young people is always a sad situation for any community.” Biggar RCMP responded at 9:48 p.m. to the crash, three kilometres east of Biggar on Highway 14. The truck had been travelling east when it failed to navigate a curve and went into the ditch, struck a highway approach and rolled more than once, police said in a news release. The 20-year-old male driver and 19-year-old male passenger, both from Biggar, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Three female passengers, aged 20 to 21 and also from Biggar, were taken to hospital in Saskatoon with undetermined injuries. One woman was in critical condition and the other two were stable, police said. The investigation is ongoing. On Aug. 15, three men aged 17 to 20 were riding in a “side-by-side” ATV near Biggar when, just before 8 p.m. south of Highway 14, the vehicle rolled. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The two passengers were taken to Royal University Hospital. One was released and the other was in stable condition as of Sunday.