Trucking association lauds nation-wide driver training Jan24


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Trucking association lauds nation-wide driver training

A deal between the country’s transport ministers to make commercial truck driver training mandatory across Canada came as welcome news to the Saskatchewan Trucking Association.

“The national mandatory entry-level training standard is something that the industry has been looking for a long time so we’re really pleased with what we heard yesterday,” said Susan Ewart, STA executive director.

Ewart added the changes will be good for the industry’s reputation.

“It does increase that level of professionalism,” she said. “(Trucking) is a skilled trade and it takes skill to drive a semi-truck and pull a load.”

In March, Saskatchewan and Alberta will join Ontario as the only provinces with mandatory training so far.

Drivers seeking a Class 1 trucking license in Saskatchewan will need 121.5 hours of training, including 47 hours of classroom time, 17.5 hours driving in the yard and 57 hours on the road.

The new national standards will take effect in 2020. Ewart is expecting the STA to play a role in shaping them as a member of the national industry association.

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