SGI is eyeing a requirement for truckers to get mandatory driver training before being licensed.
Right now, anyone can challenge the test to get a Class 1 licence in Saskatchewan, regardless of how much experience they might have beforehand.
An SGI memo circulated to all driving instructors on April 25 indicated the company was planning a move to make anyone applying for a Class 1 licence complete a 70-hour curriculum of in-class, in-yard and behind-the-wheel training from a recognized driver training school.
The memo referenced the scrutiny that’s come following the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, which saw 16 people killed and 13 injured when the SJHL’s team bus was involved in a collision with a semi truck on April 6.
“As you know, a lot has been in the media following the Humboldt tragedy and there is a spotlight on Class 1 testing and Class 1 driver training and that’s OK. We are all united in wanting to make our roads as safe as possible,” read the opening paragraph of the memo.
The memo suggested the move to mandatory driver training was due to be put in place by early 2019.
If enacted, the plan would line up with calls from trucking industry groups for provinces to impose training standards.
While the SGI memo would seem to indicate the driver training change was already in the works, the provincial government issued a statement Friday morning saying a final decision was yet to be made.