Petition launched on Canadian Parliament website in favour of federal standards for truck drivers

(Last Updated On: January 18, 2019)

An E-petition has been launched on the Government of Canada web site, calling for the federal government to make changes that will standardize Class 1 drivers skills, training and licensing requirements across Canada, as opposed to the current province by province system.

The petition, shown below, calls for action to address safety and recognition of the trucking industry’s professional drivers, in particular, acknowledgement of truck driving as a skilled trade.

E-2005 (TRUCKING AND TRUCKERS) 42nd Parliament
Initiated by Pattie Fair from Alix, Alberta, on January 14, 2019, at 12:57 p.m. (EDT)
The Petition is open for signature until May 14, 2019, at 12:57 p.m. (EDT)

The Class 1 licensing system does not ensure that Class 1 licence holders are adequately educated or trained to safely operate a commercial truck or commercial truck/trailer unit on public roadways;

As it is today, in some provinces and territories in Canada, a Class 1 licence holder can pass a Class 1 licensing test without mandatory education or training;

A Class 1 test can be taken with a day cab and flat deck trailer with little or no weight (depending on the provincial regulations), and the following day a newly licensed driver can take that licence and haul a load weighing over 63,000 kg across Canada on some of the most treacherous roads in the world; and

Professional truck driving is a very dangerous occupation and should be considered a skilled trade.

We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:

1. Regulate the Class 1 commercial licensing process to be considered a nation wide skilled trade of professional drivers;

2. Modify the National Occupational Classification Code (NOC) to give individuals the opportunity to qualify for funding to support their training;

3. Develop and implement a common mandatory entry-level training curriculum and a graduated licensing system for Class 1 licence candidates; and

4. Require licensing bodies to collect and store information on the training provider and duration of training to be associated with the record of each commercial driver. E-2005 (TRUCKING AND TRUCKERS) 42nd Parliament


IMPORTANT NOTE: Signing e-petitions is a two step process. After you sign the petition, you must check your email and follow the instructions to complete that process before your vote can be counted.

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Post Author: Joanne Francis

Joanne Francis is the Editor and Journalist for Nipawin News