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 Are Truck Driver Training requirements meeting the Safety Needs of the Transportation Industry?

July 22, 2020   |   Categories: Webinar Series

Last Updated on July 22, 2020

Presenter

Ms. Narinderjit Kaur, EIT, City of Edmonton (Coming soon!)

Context

Title of Abstract

Are Truck Driver Training requirements meeting the Safety Needs of the Transportation Industry?

Context

There has never been a better opportunity to help the trucking industry obtain the skilled professional truck drivers it needs, and improve public safety at the same time. Current truck driver training practices are neither consistent nor adequate. Industry-wide training standards are required, and training programs should include both classroom and applied driving-based modules. Provincial jurisdictions should mandate and regulate truck driver training to ensure all truck drivers have the minimum standards for safe driving.

Objectives

Current truck driver training practices are neither consistent nor adequate. Industry-wide training standards are required, and training programs should include both classroom and applied driving-based modules. Provincial jurisdictions should mandate and regulate truck driver training to ensure all truck drivers have the minimum standards for safe driving. Training must includes a government-mandated number of training hours for in-class, in-yard and in-vehicle modules.

Target Group

Mid level and Small Scale Organisation in Transportation Industry , Young Truck Drivers, International Truck drivers on work permit

Activity(ies)

  • Training includes a government-mandated number of training hours for in-class, in-yard and in-vehicle modules. Standardized curriculum's taught at all licensed Alberta driver training schools.
  • Knowledge and road tests for Class 1 and Class 2 drivers are comprised of the new MELT curriculum's
  • Professional Defensive Driving course . Pass driver knowledge test and Air Brake program.
  • Class 1 MELT program will take 113 hours to complete. Class 2 MELT program will take 50 hours to complete. Class 2-S MELT program will take 53.5 hours to complete.

Deliverables

The Transport industry has done a poor job recruiting new and/or inexperienced drivers. The age of the average truck driver has increased more rapidly than the age of the average worker due to fewer young workers entering the industry.

Meanwhile, the demand for truck drivers will increase as industries that rely on trucking services continue to grow. By 2020, the gap between the supply and demand of drivers is expected to be 25,000. This number could exceed 33,000, assuming a lower rate of productivity growth.

This is cause for concern, not just for the trucking industry, but for its customers, the Canadian economy, and, ultimately, consumers