Special Report: Canada’s New Mandatory Driver Training Law

By Team Writer / August 18, 2017

Canada CDL applicants looking to get the behind the wheels of a big-rig must pass a rigorous training regime. At least 103.5 hours of certified training must be completed, while America will be contesting a mere 30 hours of training in 2020. Unfortunately, some schools and employers in Canada will be looking for shortcuts in the new training path.

Key Takeaways:

  • Written tests now include 30 questions, up from 20 that existed earlier in the year, and are more specifically geared toward related license classes.
  • The directions of road tests are also more prescriptive than ever before, specifying the number of tasks and subtasks that license candidates need to demonstrate, so there’s less room for interpretation by evaluators.
  • Per the final rule, applicants seeking a CDL will have to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge training and behind-the-wheel training on a driving range and on a public road.

““The more-difficult test is better,” Richardson adds, suggesting that the new training regime will bring an end to most of the so-called licensing mills that prepared trainees for ministry licensing tests but often failed to develop the skills needed to earn a job.”


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