The Humboldt Broncos bus crash is the “impetus” behind a mandatory training program for truck drivers being introduced early next year, says Alberta Transportation.

Transportation Minister Brian Mason made the announcement in Calgary on Tuesday, a little more than three months after the April 6 crash at a rural intersection in Saskatchewan that killed 16 people and injured 13 others.

He said the province had been working on improved training regulations last year but the tragic crash put trucking safety “on the front burner” for the ministry.

Mason said the mandatory entry-level training program will start in January 2019 along with a number of other safety regulation changes, including possible safety compliance reviews for all new carriers “within nine to 12 months” of a company starting operations.

The province says the mandatory training will apply to anyone seeking their Class 1 (tractor trailer), 2 (bus), and S (school bus) licences.

The province will be scrapping temporary 60-day safety certificates for newly registered trucking companies. Mason said the move will eliminate “the chameleon carrier” — a trucking company suspended for safety violations that “then simply changes the name and reopens and continues to operate.”

“That’s been a particular problem for the province of Alberta,” Mason said. “We’re the only province that issues these temporary safety certificates and we’re going to be ending that practice. Carriers will have to comply with requirements of a safety certificate before they can start operation, not after.”

The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday, April, 7, 2018. Saskatchewan RCMP say they are preparing to talk to Crown prosecutors about potential charges in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash as its investigation continues. Police say they are still analyzing the data and evidence gathered from the scene of the April 6 collision between the bus and a semi-truck. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

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The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday, April, 7, 2018. Saskatchewan RCMP say they are preparing to talk to Crown prosecutors about potential charges in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash as its investigation continues. Police say they are still analyzing the data and evidence gathered from the scene of the April 6 collision between the bus and a semi-truck.

Changes are also coming to the road test model for Class 1 and 2 licences. …read more

Source:: Calgaryherald.com

      

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Spurred by Humboldt Broncos bus crash, Alberta overhauls truck driver training

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