The Manitoba government is moving forward with consultations on mandatory entry-level training for truck drivers in the province.
Staff from Manitoba Infrastructure will meet with industry stakeholders on January 7 in Winnipeg and January 10 in Brandon to discuss training standards, approaches to out-of-province drivers coming to Manitoba and individuals who will need this training.
Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says in a news release mandatory entry-level training is something the trucking industry has asked for and will work with stakeholders to ensure roadways are as safe as possible.
“Mandatory entry-level training is something that would have broad impacts across sectors including transportation, infrastructure and agriculture,” Schuler added in the release. “We want to hear from Manitobans and ensure this proposed change focuses on safety in collaboration with industry.”
On Monday (Dec. 3) the Saskatchewan government announced mandatory semi truck training for new drivers that will begin March 15th, 2019.