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Humboldt’s Legacy: The lessons truck drivers will learn

December 10, 2018 by John Smith

Few events have shaken Canada’s trucking industry more than last spring’s crash between a truck and Humboldt Broncos bus near Armley, Sask. Families were left to mourn 16 dead and support the 13 wounded. The charges against Adesh Deol Trucking and its driver are now making their way through the courts. But there are already signs that this collision will have a lasting legacy – especially as provinces look to refine the skills of those behind the wheel.

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Virtual reality system for driver training

November 26, 2018 by John Smith

iMVR is bringing a layer of virtual reality to the real world of driver training. Not to be confused with a full-scale driving simulator, the training system and its virtual reality headset immerse users into an animated driving environment in […]

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Training system linked to driver actions

October 27, 2018 by John Smith

Instructional Technologies and Netradyne have teamed up to launch an automated training system with GetGo Transportation, a fleet located in Toledo, Ohio. The system used driver trends based on alerts generated by Netradyne’s Driveri safety program, which are then translated […]

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Canadian truck drivers more educated than ever

October 22, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Many Canadian drivers have been known to joke that they have a PhD – standing for professional highway driver. But, as a rule, they are also more formally educated than ever before. The Changing Face of Trucking research […]

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Screen your drivers, reduce the risk: Charalambous

October 18, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, Ont. – Charlie Charalambous of ISB Canada flashed two seemingly identical truck driver abstracts onto a screen and challenged his audience to spot the difference. It was impossible to distinguish the documents except for a single spelling mistake – […]

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A Truck Driver’s Survival Guide: 5 lessons for life on the road

October 15, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Equipment editor Jim Park offers five tips for entry-level truck drivers, all of which he learned from his own career on the road. They don’t cover these in most schools.

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Alberta to mandate driver training

July 11, 2018 by John Smith

CALGARY, Alta. – Alberta has been discussing the idea of mandatory entry-level driver training since 2016, but it was ultimately the fatal crash of a truck and team bus that accelerated plans to require such training by January 2019.

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Pulse Survey: Your thoughts on driver training

June 29, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Recent events are shining a light on driver training standards, with concerns that more needs to be done to ensure Class 1/A licence holders can operate safely. In this month’s reader survey, Today’s Trucking asked for opinions […]

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Skilled Trade? — Until trucking gets that moniker, we’re in trouble

June 18, 2018 by John Smith

The thing about proper training is that it makes the driving job legitimate, makes it seem like something worth doing. Our ability to attract new recruits will only increase if a strong training regime is in place. That’s how I wrapped up last month’s column — “Training? What Training?” — which garnered a lot of response. And a lot of agreement, especially on that point about legitimacy. If the job required serious training, graduates would think better of themselves, as would the public and the suits who govern how we do what we do.

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It’s Our Fault

May 10, 2018 by John Smith

Like many of you, I was devastated when my two passions—hockey and trucking—collided tragically on April 7 outside of Tisdale, Sask. I was also embarrassed and angry. Embarrassed because the trucking industry I’ve defended at every dinner party for 35 years was somehow responsible for the senseless loss of 16 lives.

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Drivers ‘deserve to be trained’, says BC widow calling for nation-wide standards

May 7, 2018 by elizabeth

FALKLAND, B.C. – Pattie Babij is on a mission to make new driver training mandatory nation-wide.

It’s been a difficult year for Babij. A little more than 12 months ago her husband Steve was driving his truck near Revelstoke, B.C. when another semi crossed the median and hit him head on – neither he nor the couple’s dog Zak survived the crash.

To add to the grief, she’s being forced to sell her dairy farm because she’s unable to run it without her husband’s help.

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Mandatory training won’t fix everything, but it will help

May 2, 2018 by John Smith

The chorus calling for improved and mandatory training for truck drivers is growing louder as the days pass following the Humboldt, Sask. truck/bus crash. We still don’t know the official cause of that crash, or what role driver training — or the lack thereof — played in the incident. I’m not inclined to believe it was a primary factor. I think what is playing in most peoples’ minds is the driver’s reported lack of experience.

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Updated: Saskatchewan backtracks on training stance

April 30, 2018 by John Smith

REGINA, Sask. – Days after announcing plans for mandatory entry-level driver training, SGI’s auto fund division has issued a second memo that backtracks from the stance. “We would like to clarify that no decision has been made regarding Class 1 training,” writes Kwei Quaye, vice-president, traffic safety, driver and support services.

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Lucas moves from the ring to the road

April 27, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — Eric Lucas first raised the WBC world middleweight championship belt over his head in July 2001, and managed to hold on to the boxing title for two years. But when his time as a professional fighter came to an end in 2010, it was time to look for a new career. At first, he ran a dairy. Then a café in Estrie. The idea of entering the trucking industry came after that.

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U.S. moves closer to tougher driver training standards

March 27, 2018 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Entry-level truck drivers in the U.S. will face newly mandated training requirements as of Feb. 7, 2020.

But the new training standards set out by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will not define the minimum number of in-class or in-cab training hours, as previously advocated for…