Petition urges feds to take over trucking industry regulations
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Petition urges feds to take over trucking industry regulations

Last Updated Feb 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm MDT

Summary

Online petition urges federal government to take over regulations for truck driver training.

Currently, the truck driver training rules vary from province to province, a petition wants this to change.

Father of Broncos bus crash victim believes drivers aren't always getting the necessary training to drive big rigs.

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – In the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy in April 2018, people across the country are asking the federal government to regulate the trucking industry.

Sixteen people were killed when the Humboldt Broncos team bus was struck by a semi in rural Saskatchewan.

An online petition calls for national standards for licensing and training.

Lyle Brons’ daughter Dayna, the team’s athletic trainer, was one of the people killed in the crash last April. He said right now the rules vary from coast to coast.

“If they don’t have the same training from one province to another it really doesn’t do a lot of good,” Brons said.

Brons, a former trucker, said there is nothing stopping people from getting around lax rules in some provinces.

“If somebody wanted to drive but didn’t want to take the training they could just move to the province that doesn’t have that training regulations and get their licence,” Brons said.

Alberta and Saskatchwan introduced new rules following the crash of the Broncos’ bus. Those regulations take effect in March, 2019.

READ MORE: Timeline: A look at the events following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash 

Currently, Ontario is the only province that requires mandatory driving training.

“When I first started driving, I did have some training by the owner of the trucking company to start with,” Brons said. “It wasn’t much, but they always watched what I was doing and made sure I was doing everything right. I don’t know if there’s that kind of mentorship anymore.”

With files from CityNews