A minimum training standard could be on the horizon for professional truck drivers in Alberta.

Alberta Truckers Pondering Driver Training Standard

A minimum training standard could be on the horizon for professional truck drivers in Alberta.

The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) announced this week that it is conducting a survey about driver training and a minimum training standard. The data from the survey will then be used by University of Alberta researchers who are conducting work for AMTA on a minimum driver training standard.

“AMTA is exploring a minimum training standard for commercial drivers in Alberta,” said Don Wilson, executive director of AMTA. “Many professional transport drivers already undergo extensive training that goes well beyond what is required for a provincial license. Yet at this time there is no recognition for that advanced training or the high-level of skill that professional drivers attain.”

Whether you’re an AMTA member or not, all truck drivers, employers, and those involved in commercial driver training are invited to fill out the 20 question survey. It can be obtained at the association’s website.

AMTA said survey participants will stay anonymous, and the data collected will be used in aggregate terms.