Im­prov­ing safety with new truck and bus train­ing

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Al­berta is man­dat­ing train­ing for new com­mer­cial driv­ers and strength­en­ing safety re­quire­ments for com­mer­cial car­ri­ers to en­hance pub­lic safety.

Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Brian Ma­son an­nounces safety im­prove­ments to the com­mer­cial trans­port in­dus­try with Al­berta Mo­tor Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent, Chris Nash.

Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with key in­dus­try stake­hold­ers and Al­ber­tans, the Gov­ern­ment of Al­berta will im­ple­ment manda­tory en­try-level train­ing for new Class 1 and Class 2 com­mer­cial driv­ers in the spring.

Along with the com­pul­sory train­ing, more strin­gent safety re­quire­ments for new com­mer­cial truck and bus com­pa­nies will be in place.

Manda­tory train­ing for new com­mer­cial driv­ers will re­sult in safer, more highly skilled driv­ers work­ing in the truck and bus in­dus­tries.

New safety re­quire­ments will en­sure startup truck­ing com­pa­nies fully meet com­pli­ance and safety stan­dards be­fore they be­gin op­er­at­ing on Al­berta roads.

“We are ad­vanc­ing safety stan­dards in our com­mer­cial driv­ing in­dus­tries to en­hance road safety, not just in Al­berta, but across the con­ti­nent, as com­mer­cial driv­ers travel across Canada and North Amer­ica. We’ve worked with our in­dus­try stake­hold­ers to make these changes with their sup­port and we are pleased to be mov­ing for­ward to put them in place.”

Brian Ma­son, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion

“The AMTA and in­dus­try have de­vel­oped and de­liv­ered train­ing over the years that was op­tional. The an­nounce­ment of manda­tory en­try-level train­ing will en­sure the in­dus­try has the fun­da­men­tal tools to op­er­ate on pub­lic road­ways by es­tab­lish­ing a bench­mark of re­quired ed­u­ca­tion for com­mer­cial driv­ers and car­ri­ers.”

Chris Nash, pres­i­dent, Al­berta Mo­tor Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion

The train­ing and op­er­at­ing re­quire­ments will take ef­fect in Al­berta on March 1, 2019. Tem­po­rary Safety Fit­ness Cer­tifi­cates will no longer be is­sued as of Jan. 1, 2019.

Quick facts

• Al­berta’s Manda­tory En­try Level Train­ing Pro­gram for driv­ers seek­ing a Class 1 or Class 2 li­cence will in­clude:

o Stan­dard­ized cur­ricu­lum taught in all driver train­ing schools.

o Spec­i­fied hours of train­ing re­quired in-class, in-yard and in­ve­hi­cle. o En­hanced knowl­edge and road tests.

• Driv­ers who ob­tain a Class 1 or Class 2 li­cence be­tween Oct. 10, 2018 and March 1, 2019 will be re­quired to re-take the new en­hanced knowl­edge and road test (at gov­ern­ment ex­pense), when it be­comes avail­able in March.

• Driver in­struc­tors and ex­am­in­ers will be re-trained and re-tested to de­liver and test the new cur­ricu­lum.

• New re­quire­ments for com­mer­cial car­ri­ers will in­clude:

o Full com­pli­ance doc­u­men­ta­tion when ap­ply­ing for a Safety Fit­ness Cer­tifi­cate start­ing Jan. 1, 2019. o A manda­tory safety and com­pli­ance course and knowl­edge test be­fore begin­ning op­er­a­tions.

o For­mal, third-party re­view of com­pli­ance with fed­eral and provin­cial safety reg­u­la­tions within one year of begin­ning op­er­a­tions.

o Safety Fit­ness Cer­tifi­cates must be re­newed ev­ery three years.

• There are more than 25,000 com­mer­cial car­ri­ers op­er­at­ing more than 150,000 ve­hi­cles in Al­berta.

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