Semi veteran driving instructor says the Saskatchewan government is on track with & # 39; new rules for prospective drivers.
On Monday, the Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) announced mandatory requirements & # 39; training for people who are looking to test a license to drive a semi-trailer.
The Instructor Reg Lewis has headed the government for years to bring the mandatory driver education.
"It's about damn time," he said. "It's a step in the right direction, but do not think it goes far enough", he said.
Joe Hargrave, the provincial minister responsible for GES, said the province has been looking since mid-2017 on how you & # 39; improve training and testing for semi drivers.
"Everyone involved in the process that led to these new requirements share the same goal – to reduce the number of & # 39; collisions involving semi-trucks and the number of & # 39; people hurt and killed f & # 39; collisions ".
Saskatchewan inħalaf the lack of & # 39; mandatory training after the bus collapse & # 39; Humboldt Broncos. Sitttax people died and 13 injured when the bus collided with team & # 39; & # 39 in half; April.
While Hargrave said that the revised rules have been in the works for over a year, before the crash, he admitted that the crash affected everyone.
"Everyone iħossha in their heart", he said. "Sometimes tragedy like that to bring people and go," Yes, the industry needs to evolve it. "
Under the new rules SGI, semi new drivers must pass a minimum of & # 39; & # 39 121.5 hours; training before trying their license. This includes a minimum of & # 39; 47 hours in class, driving 17.5 hours and 57 hours in the yard behind the wheel.
The province is also changing the curriculum for the carrier. It will focus on driving techniques, inspection of vehicles and air brakes.
The province also promised rigorous driving tests will be offered only by examiners SGI.
The new requirements are expected to be in & # 39; & # 39 seats in; March 2019.
It is also introducing a new program & # 39; safety monitoring & # 39; 12 months for all new semi drivers. The SGI will monitor these drivers with & # 39; strictest one year after the text so that it can & # 39; action of & # 39; remedy if safety concerns.
If new drivers are involved in & # 39; crash that is their fault, or get some tickets, you & # 39; lead to unnecessary penalties.
Existing drivers of Class 1 will be designated in the system.
The people who run the farm operations will be exempt from the new mandatory rules & # 39; training and period & # 39; 12 months & # 39; additional scrutiny.
Not allowed to ride semi-trailers outside the province, but not facing any restriction.
Hargrave said the farm was short event & # 39; trial and will be monitored before standing. He said adding restrictions to farming operations running short distances can make staff & # 39; hiring difficult
"Can & # 39; be a bit more difficult to farm workers manage their semis to recover from their fields in their bins," he said. "The majority of farmers employ commercial drivers at whatever distance.
The inspector of driving Lewis said that the exemption for farmers means that there will be a semi untrained drivers on the streets & # 39; Saskatchewan.
"I do not think that there should be exemptions," said Lewis.
Meanwhile, the executive director of & # 39; Saskatchewan Transportation Association (STA) Susan Ewart said members & # 39; association applauded the new changes. She said some bumps in the new program of agriculture can be ironed out.
"I think the thing we look at is the competence-based learning," she said. "Maybe it's a different kind of & # 39; curriculum, perhaps not extensive as, say, if I had a new driver, x & # 39; I do."
Some provinces like Ontario need to have minimum hours & # 39; training required before a driver can & # 39; license test. Saskatchewan, along with & # 39; many other provinces, did not require & # 39; training.
The last year, more than 200 people who tried for their license in & # 39; Saskatchewan have received no training. Three quarters & # 39; students to try the Class 1 license passed in their first attempt. One student passed the exam again after eight consecutive times.
In 2009, the record number & # 39; crashes involving semis in any year in & # 39; Saskatchewan never exceeded 943. Since then it has been well over 1,000 per year.