Thursday, 18 Apr 2024

Manitoba to implement mandatory entry-level training for commercial truck drivers

With the recent sentencing of the driver in the Humboldt Broncos tragedy, truck safety is on a lot of minds.

Manitoba infrastructure minister Ron Schuler and Crown services minister Collen Mayer will be speaking to media Tuesday morning about mandatory entry-level training for commercial truck drivers.

While there is currently no mandatory training in Manitoba, there is an industry-accepted standard for registered schools of 240 hours, or six weeks of training.

Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler.

Representatives of Manitoba’s trucking industry support mandatory training, but expressed concerns last year that provincial regulations may not go far enough.

Alberta and Saskatchewan recently implemented mandatory training of 120 hours – half the length of the unofficial training time here in Manitoba.

Manitoba is the fourth province to announce mandatory entry-level training for commercial truck drivers.

In Saskatchewan people who want to operate a semi-truck has to undergo a minimum of 121.5 hours of training. This includes instruction in a classroom, in the yard and behind the wheel before taking the road test.

There will also be a 12-month safety monitoring program introduced for all new semi-drivers.

In Ontario, you have to take a mandatory entry-level training course that includes at least 103.5 hours of instruction. Applicants also need to submit a medical report and pass a vision test before passing a knowledge and road test.

In Alberta you have to take a pre-license training course that takes 113 hours to complete plus additional air brake training. Then you have to pass a knowledge test and a road test before you can hit the road.

Global News will aim to livestream the announcement, happening at 11 a.m.


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