The Saskatchewan government is in search of to reassure the households of these killed or injured within the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that it’ll not be loosening guidelines for truck driving licences.
“As you famous, issues have been raised in regards to the scarcity of drivers within the trucking trade,” Don Morgan, the cupboard minister accountable for Saskatchewan Government Insurance wrote in a letter to the households, a few of whom voiced issues a few potential rule change.
“However, security is of the utmost significance and no modifications are being contemplated that can compromise security on our roads.”
Sixteen folks had been killed and 13 others had been injured after a transport truck and a bus carrying the junior hockey crew collided at a rural intersection on April 6, 2018.
In a letter to the Saskatchewan government final month, 24 of the households mentioned they opposed the potential for the province eliminating the necessity for a Class 5 driver’s licence earlier than acquiring a Class 1 industrial driver’s licence.
“The driver of the semi-trailer truck who precipitated the horrific crash was grossly underqualified to drive the semi-truck. He is certainly one of an rising variety of untrained and unskilled drivers who’re the reason for accidents inflicting deaths and accidents on Saskatchewan roads and highways,” wrote the letter’s authors, Celeste Leray-Leicht and Kurt Leicht, whose son Jacob died within the crash.
The households mentioned altering driving credentials to make it simpler for brand new drivers to receive a Class 1 driver’s licence shouldn’t be in one of the best pursuits of anybody travelling on Canadian roads.
But in his letter to the households final week, Morgan mentioned that’s not going to occur.
“I guarantee you there aren’t any plans to take away the requirement for a driver to maintain a completely skilled Class 5 driver’s licence prior to acquiring a Class 1 licence, or for another modifications that will make it simpler for brand new drivers to receive a Class 1 licence,” he wrote.
“It is crucial drivers have expertise with common passenger autos earlier than making an attempt to function a lot bigger, extra advanced autos.”
Morgan mentioned any new drivers pursuing a Class 1 licence are required to full the obligatory entry-level coaching program, which consists of 121.5 hours of instruction.
He mentioned there are reciprocity agreements with plenty of nations. Experienced truck drivers from these nations who can show they’ve greater than 5 years of driving with an equal Class 1 licence can problem the exams. If they’re unsuccessful, they’re required to full the entry-level course.
The minister recommended the Broncos households for his or her continued deal with visitors security and “your efforts to forestall different households from experiencing the identical ache you might be enduring.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Nov. 15, 2022.