Mandatory entry-level training for commercial truck drivers will be implemented in Manitoba September 1, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced on March
26. Requirements will include 121.5 hours of training, which is consistent with Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“Our government is focused on public safety on our roads and highways in this province, and mandatory training for new truck drivers will make Manitoba safer,” Schuler said. “Commercial truck drivers play an important role in moving our economy forward, and we are focused on ensuring they have the necessary skills and qualifications to do their job in a way that ensures everyone is safe on the road.”
There will also be a one-year deferral of new training requirements for the agriculture sector to allow for additional consultations in order to determine an appropriate phase-in strategy that mitigates impacts on the start of the 2019 farming season.
Currently, a person can obtain a Class 1 truck driving license by successfully completing a knowledge-based written test and a practical road test. There is no mandatory training required prior to testing taking place.
Earlier this year, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) began work on an implementation plan, focused on addressing all policy and operational requirements including addressing licensing policy issues and Class 1 driver testing considerations. MPI will continue to work on this plan and more details will be announced in the coming weeks.
“With these new requirements coming into effect, we are working with MPI to ensure that Class 1 testing is implemented in a timely manner and that disruptions are managed for the industry,” Crown Services Minister Colleen Mayer said. “MPI is an important partner in ensuring public safety on Manitoba’s roads and highways.”
Manitoba Infrastructure, MPI, and Manitoba Education and Training consulted with over 100 stakeholders including industry associations, agricultural sector agencies, Indigenous organizations, established sector councils, educational providers, municipalities and small-scale commercial carriers.