Canadian Group Calls For National Entry-Level Standards For Trucking Companies
Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is calling for the implementation of a national motor carrier entry standard all motor carriers must meet in order to be allowed to participate in interstate commerce.
The CTA is pushing the federal government to create what it is referring to as a Fleet Regulatory Responsibilities and Corporate Practices (FRRCP) standard.
The FRRCP would mandate every carrier be evaluated based on safety fitness and risk assessment along with ongoing safety oversight before being permitted to operate commercially.
“High performing truck drivers are not only a product of their continuous commitment to their profession, but are a reflection of the culture of compliance and training of their carrier,” said CTA chairman Scott Smith.
“The perfect equation of truck safety includes a committed carrier and driver, and we must begin ensuring that every carrier that enters and remains in our sector understands and is committed to that.”
Canadian officials have been wrestling with tightening regulations after a big rig collided with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team bus in April of 2018 killing 16 people and injuring 13 more.
The truck driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, was sentenced on Friday to 8 years in prison after pleading guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving in January of this year.
In response to the Humboldt Broncos crash, the Saskatchewan government announced in December ’18 it was introducing mandatory training for semi-truck drivers.
The new requirement became effective this month and drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial license are now required to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training.
The new program also requires drivers to undergo instruction for 47 hours in a classroom, 17.5 hours in a yard and 57 hours behind the wheel. Drivers must also be monitored for a 12-month period following the acquisition of their CDL.
In addition, Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau and his provincial counterparts announced earlier this year their intention to require mandatory entry-level driver training (MELT) across the country by 2020.
The CTA said it applauds the government’s announcement of the MELT program, but says a similar monitoring system is needed for new trucking companies to ensure safety on highways.
The CTA is asking regulators to require companies to submit evidence they are administratively and technically prepared to comply with National Safety Code (NSC) standards and regulations.
CTA also wants intervention mechanisms put in place for provincial enforcement agencies to monitor poor-performing carriers and take action against them if need be.
The CTA has also put forward a 10-point action plan which outlines reforms it says are needed as part of the FRRCP. A critical part of such a plan is the swift implementation of electronic logging devices, CTA believes.
“Moving quickly on implementing tamper-proof, electronic logging devices to replace archaic paper logs to effectively monitor hours-of-service compliance is a good example of the technology our industry is calling for,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “This system needs to be implemented and enforced as quickly as possible.”
To see the CTA’s 10-point safety action plan for a FRRCP program, visit http://cantruck.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/CTA-10-Point-Action-Plan-Truck-Safety_public.pdf.