The STA has partnered with the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) to spread information on workplace safety. The goal is to lower the rate code that transportation, courier and commercial bus workers fall under, and to help promote best practices for safe workplaces. Through this partnership, the STA will be offering classroom-based training in the near future. The training will be for shippers, company owners, managers, and those covered by the rate code. Visit the STA website at sasktrucking.com or call the STA office at 306-569-9696 for more information.
On March 8th, 2019 the STA hosted a Networking Breakfast in Saskatoon. The Networking Breakfast, an annual event, is a chance for people from all parts of the industry to come together, mingle, and network.
During the breakfast, the STA held an information session that was included as a chance to foster and drive discussion. The topics covered at this year’s Networking Breakfast included the STA’s partnership with Natural Resources Canada, as well as policy development within the STA. Shay Shpak, the Director of Driver Development & Safety Services for SGI, was also in attendance to go over mandatory entry level training with the members in attendance and how it will be implemented.
As of March 15, new commercial truck drivers must now undergo mandatory training in Saskatchewan. “These changes will improve safety on our province’s roads by ensuring Class 1 drivers receive more rigorous standardized training, based on strengthened curriculum requirements,” said Joe Hargrave, minister for Saskatchewan Government Insurance in a media release. The new guidelines require drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence to take at least 121.5 hours of training and undergo a full year of monitoring. Training hours include 47 in the classroom, 17.5 in the yard and 57 behind the wheel. Training focuses on four areas: basic driving techniques, professional driving habits, vehicle inspections and air brakes. While current Class 1 drivers need not undergo new training, anyone wanting to drive a semi-truck as part of a farming operation must pass the new tests. Driving schools saw a spike in enrolment in recent months as new drivers raced to beat the regulations. The number of booked exams reportedly doubled between December and February after the regulations were announced. Earlier in March, Alberta announced new minimum-hours requirements for truck drivers and Manitoba announced its MELT regulations would be in effect September 1. Ontario was previously the only province with mandatory training. National training standards for entrylevel semi-truck drivers will be in place by next January, according to the country’s transportation ministers. “We are motivated by the need for safety,” said Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau in January. “Canadians expect that people who receive their licence as drivers of semi-trailers and large vehicles should be properly prepared through training before they assume those duties.” (Source: CTV News)