HOT BC Gives Military Go Ahead for Commercial License Transfer
VICTORIA, BC — British Columbia is now allowing military personnel and retired veterans to transfer their truck driving credentials into commercial driving licenses without the need for additional testing.
The Conference Board of Canada has estimated that Canada could experience a labour shortage of 25,000 to 33,000 trained and qualified truck drivers by 2020. This new initiative aims to address labour shortages in the commercial trucking industry while helping veterans transition into civilian life with more economic stability.
Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and recently Alberta, have made similar allowances for military drivers.
“By transferring over commercial driving credentials from the military base to BC roads, this will save time and will cut unnecessary requalification processes for military personnel and retired veterans who already are fully trained in commercial driving,” said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, in an announcement. “This program is being introduced as a part of Red Tape Reduction Week because it cuts through red tape and makes the transition from military to civilian life simpler,” she added.
This agreement will allow retired and active members with a Department of National Defence driver’s license to obtain an equivalent BC commercial license (class 1, 2, 3 or 4). This streamlined approach will allow applicants with prior DND credentials to drive semi-tractors, large trucks, buses and limousines. To further support military driver transition, BC will also issue class 5 or 7 passenger vehicle licences without additional testing to drivers with equivalent DND credentials.
The newly-signed agreement takes effect Jan. 25, 2016.
For more information on how to exchange your DND license, click here.