The Government of Alberta will implement mandatory entry-level training for new Class 1 and Class 2 commercial drivers in the spring. The training will include: standardized curriculum taught in all driver training schools; specified hours of training required in-class, in-yard and in-vehicle; and enhanced knowledge and road tests.
Along with the compulsory training, more stringent safety requirements for new commercial truck and bus companies will be in place. For example, a mandatory safety and compliance course and knowledge test must be completed before beginning operations.
Commercial carriers will also be subject to a formal, third-party review of compliance with federal and provincial safety regulations within one year of beginning operations.
“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,” said Minister of Transportation Brian Mason.
Mandatory training for new commercial drivers will result in safer, more highly skilled drivers working in the truck and bus industries, the provincial government said. New safety requirements will ensure startup trucking companies fully meet compliance and safety standards before they begin operating.
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.