Starting September 1, Manitoba truck drivers will require mandatory entry-level training (MELT). That being said, farmers will get a one-year deferral for new training to allow for additional consultations with the industry. The government says the extension was granted in order to determine an appropriate phase-in strategy that mitigates impacts on the 2019 farming season.
“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,” says Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler. “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.”
The 121.5 hours of in class and on the road training is in line with the requirements in Alberta and Saskatchewan. 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.
More than 100 stakeholders including industry associations, agricultural sector agencies, Indigenous organizations, established sector councils, educational providers, municipal stakeholders and small-scale commercial carriers were consulted by Manitoba Infrastructure, Manitoba Public Insurance, and Manitoba Education and Training.