EDMONTON – Several families affected by the deadly Humboldt Broncos hockey bus crash say they are upset by an Alberta review of trucking regulations.
Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba implemented mandatory training for truck and bus drivers after the crash in April 2018.
Alberta Transportation Minister Ric McIver has confirmed in a Facebook post that the province is taking another look at the rules for school bus drivers and farmers.
Speaking in Calgary Tuesday, Premier Jason Kenney said the regulations are under review but his government is committed to safety.
“On the other hand if a farmer is simply taking their green truck into a local elevator or perhaps a regional terminal and they have a perfect driving record and they’re just driving their own product, I think some consideration might be given there because they’re not professional drivers in that case.”
Families of the 16 people who died and 13 who were injured took to social media to criticize the review.
This is disgusting news. Thank you for forwarding it to me as I have forwarded it on to ALL the Bronco Families. The present AB Government has quickly forgotten about the Bronocs … this makes me so sad! @jkenney @RachelNotley @NathanNeudorf @SPhillipsAB https://t.co/NTbrXiUQDu
— Toby Boulet (@TobyBoulet) September 30, 2019
We need to make our roads much more safe and really hope the Alberta government recognizes this need. My boy Evan was one of the 16 who lost his life that day and we need change to make our roads safe across all of Canada so this doesn’t happen. #humboldtstrong #Tommy17 https://t.co/JxtDPkHpkM
— Laurie Thomas (@Laurie_13645) October 2, 2019
They have called the review disgusting and say a two-tiered system is ridiculous.
Toby Boulet, whose son Logan was killed in the Broncos crash, says the same rules need to apply to commercial and farm truck drivers.