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Is A Standardized Driver Training Program On The Horizon For Manitoba?

- by Don Stewart

GOVERNMENT CONSULTING ON IMPLEMENTATION OF STANDARDIZED SYSTEM OF TRAINING FOR COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVERS:

The Manitoba Trucking Association has been advocating for Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for new drivers in Manitoba for many years. The MTA remains committed, that the educational requirement be in line with the National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Although there is still lots of work to be done, the MTA is encouraged by the below announcement and look forward to working with the province, while moving towards MELT.

The government of Manitoba is consulting on the implementation of a standardized system of training and certification for commercial truck drivers, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“Our first priority is public safety on roadways and that is why we are announcing that we have started work across government to consider how a standardized system could work for the trucking industry,” Schuler said. “This is something the trucking industry has asked for and we want to work together in a collaborative way to see how this would work in Manitoba.”

Work will be done across government through Manitoba Infrastructure, Manitoba Education and Training, and Manitoba Public Insurance. A standardized system of training would allow for a uniform standard for all truck drivers across the province and would allow road safety to be the number one priority in issuing licenses. Educators in the province already provide training, approved by the province and Manitoba Public Insurance, to the current National Occupational Standard. However, there is no current requirement for new drivers to access this training.

Other jurisdictions, such as Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan, have either already changed their standard or are in process of working and engaging with stakeholders on upgrading to this standard.

“It is clear that Manitoba needs to start this work to ensure that all provinces are moving together on a standardized system of training,” Schuler added. “This work is beginning immediately and we hope to move forward with a plan of action as soon as possible.”

For More Information regarding MELT: Please Contact Terry Shaw 204 632-6600