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How well do you understand South Asian drivers?

August 8, 2018 by John Smith

I was disappointed when I read headlines about the “Indian” driver who was criminally charged for the horrific Saskatchewan accident that involved the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus. If guilty he should face justice, but I’m not sure where he was born has anything to do with it. I’m guessing if the driver were Italian it would not have been mentioned.

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Training? What Training?

May 11, 2018 by John Smith

Fault has not yet been assigned in the stunningly horrible crash that stole the lives of 16 Humboldt Broncos hockey club members and, while I have ideas, I won’t engage in conjecture as to what went wrong on April 6. Inevitably the discussion has turned to driver training and the shameful fact that only Ontario has made it mandatory, though not until last year. The public is outraged, and I can’t blame them. Many driving instructors are also angry about the reality of inadequate training. They’re right to be critical. Hell, it wasn’t so long ago that you could take the road test for your Ontario class A licence with a pickup truck pulling a fifth-wheel horse trailer out back. Ludicrous.

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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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Adesh Deol Trucking remains grounded

May 1, 2018 by John Smith

EDMONTON, Alta. – The company that owns the truck involved in a fatal truck-bus crash in Humboldt, Sask., remains grounded by Alberta Transportation as a police investigation continues.

Calgary-based Adesh Deol Trucking has just one other truck, but its safety fitness certificate was suspended following the April 6 collision that killed 16.

“Alberta Transportation’s investigation of the commercial carrier involved in the Humboldt incident is ongoing,” said a ministry spokesman, although an assessment of National Safety Code (NSC) compliance has concluded.

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Updated: Charities hit Truck World for a good cause

April 30, 2018 by elizabeth

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Maxine Shantz says all it took was one year of volunteering with the Special Olympics Convoy and she was hooked.

The Home Hardware employee took on tasks with the GTA branch of the project six years ago and has been more involved every year since. Including spending a day in the charity’s Truck World booth recruiting drivers, selling raffle tickets to raise money for the cause, and raising awareness.

Shantz says the booth at the biennial convention brings good exposure to the cause, forming a sense of community for drivers around the event and shines a light on the good things drivers do in a climate where they are often portrayed in the media as the bad guys after incidents on the road.

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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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Updated: Prairie provinces look to mandate training

April 27, 2018 by John Smith

REGINA, Sask. – Saskatchewan is joining Manitoba in a move to mandate training for entry-level truck drivers, following the bus and truck crash in Humboldt that killed 16.

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Honoring Humboldt: We must learn the lessons that emerge

April 13, 2018 by John Smith

The only thing we really know about the collision at the intersection of Saskatchewan highways 35 and 335 is the extent of the tragedy. Sixteen members of the Humboldt Broncos family, all too young, were lost in early April when a bus and truck collided. Thirteen more were injured. The scars, both physical and emotional, remain.

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Sask. crash sees suspended licence for trucking company

April 10, 2018 by elizabeth

CALGARY, Alta. – The small trucking company whose driver was involved in the Humboldt bus crash has had its licence to operate temporarily suspended pending the outcome of an investigation. According to a Global News report, Alberta Transport Minister Brian Mason […]

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‘Dear Sask. truck driver’ shows support for trucker in Humboldt crash

April 10, 2018 by elizabeth

HUMBOLDT, Sask. – “Dear Saskatchewan Truck Driver.” So begins a note penned to the driver of the truck involved in a tragic collision that took the lives of 15 people in rural Saskatchewan, April 6.

The truck collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos, a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team on their way to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask., killing 15 passengers and sending 14 more to hospital with injuries.

The truck driver was briefly detained at the scene but walked away with no reported physical injuries.

The letter offering support