Blog Post #930 – The Province of Alberta Mulls Initiatives

Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine

Opera is launching consultations with key stakeholder groups to seek input on its plan to improve the training, testing and oversight of all drivers, particularly those in the commercial trucking industry.

Input are sought on three proposed initiatives: mandatory entry-level training for commercial drivers; pre-entry requirements for new commercial carriers; and modifying the road test model for all driver’s license classes.

“The Alberta Motor Transport Association with safety about all when it comes to the transportation industry,” Chris Nash, president of Alberta Motor Transport Association, says in a statement issued on July 10, 2018. “We believe minimum standard training is required for both new and existing commercial drivers and carriers to operate on Alberta’s roadways.

Specifics of the initiatives that are considered include introducing mandatory entry-level training for commercial drivers and enhanced road and knowledge test for drivers seeking to obtain a Class I drivers license (tractor trailer), a Class II driver’s license (bus) and an “S” endorsement (school bus).

Pre-entry requirements for new commercial carriers starting business in the province may be introduced to prove their compliance with national standards before receiving safety certification. Modifications to the Driver Examiner Road Test Model for all drivers are also in the pipeline, including the possibility of restoring driver examiners as government employees.

These changes come in the wake of the 2016 independent report, which identified issues in the industry, such as inconsistent road-test fees, poor service and improprieties. Consultations will be conducted throughout July.

My opinion

This has to be a direct result with the Saskatchewan bus accident with the Humboldt hockey team (Or at the very least a part of it) We always seem to find changes in law and standards after an horrific episode on the job. This is the same type of changes in Ontario with the “Working at Heights” legislation after the horrific accident by the workers of Metron Construction on Christmas Eve day, 2009.

Ensure your workplace is a safe place.

Remember – In Canada, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”

‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.

Daniel L. Beal

CHSEP – Advanced Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.



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