An old semi-vendor coach says that the Saskatchewan government goes to the right direction with new rules for prospective drivers.
On Monday, Saskatchewan Government Government (SGI) announced mandatory training requirements for people trying to test for a license to drive truck trucks.
Reg Lewis Coach has been pushing the government for years to bring compulsory driver education.
"It's about damn time," he said. "I'm wrong at the right address, but I do not think it's going far enough," he said.
Joe Hargrave, the provincial minister responsible for SGI, said the province had been looking since mid 2017 on how to improve training and testing for semi-drivers.
"All those involved in the process that led to these new requirements share the same goal – reduce the number of collisions that contain semi-sizes and the number of people that # They were hurt and killed in those collisions, "he told reporters.
Saskatchewan came under fire for his lack of mandatory training after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Sixteen people died and 13 were injured when the team's bus crashed with half in April.
Although Hargrave has said that the revised rules had been in work for more than a year, before the accident, he admitted that the accident was affecting everyone.
"Everyone feels that in their hearts," he said. "Sometimes such a disaster brings people and they go," Yes, the industry needs to evolve. "
Under the new SGI rules, newer drivers will have to have at least 121.5 hours of training before applying for a license. That includes at least 47 classroom hours, 17.5 hours drive in the yard and 57 hours behind the wheel.
The province also changes the curriculum for savers. It will focus on driving techniques, vehicle checks and air brakes.
The province has also promised more rigorous driving tests that will only be offered by SGI auditors.
It is expected that the new requirements will be in place in March 2019.
A new 12 month security monitoring program is also being rolled out for each new driver. SGI will monitor these drivers more stringently for one year after their test, so remedial action can be taken if there are security concerns.
If new drivers are involved in a collision, they are blamed, or if you have any tickets, it could lead to additional penalties.
Current Class 1 drivers will be reinforced to the system.
People driving for farming operations will be excluded from the new mandatory training rules and the 12 month extra scrutiny period.
They can not drive semi-vehicles outside the province, but they would not face any further restrictions.
Hargrave said that the farm exemption was a test case and would be monitored before being carried out permanently. He said that adding restrictions to farm operations driving short distances could make employing personnel difficult.
"It might be a bit harder for a farm worker to drive their width to transport from their fields in their bins," he said. "Most farmers hire commercial drivers when there is a distance."
Lewis's driving inspector said that the exception to farmers meant that there would be still untreated drivers on Saskatchewan roads.
"I do not think there should be any exceptions," said Lewis.
Meanwhile, the executive director of the Saskatchewan Transport Association (STA), Susan Ewart, said members of society praised the new changes. He said that any programs with the new farming program can be corrected.
"I believe that the thing we need to look at is competence based," he said. "Maybe it's a different kind of curriculum, it may not be as extensive as, say, if I was a new driver, what I would have to do."
Some states like Ontario need to have minimum hours of training before a driver can test for a license. There was no need for any training at Saskatchewan, along with many other provinces.
Last year, no more than 200 people who applied for a license in Saskatchewan had received any training. Three quarters of students seeking their Class 1 license were first offered. One student passed the exam after trying eight times in a row.
In 2009, the number of accidents related to width in any year in Saskatchewan was not higher than 943. It has been well over 1,000 every year since then.