July 17th, 2018

Prairie provinces to meet next week on standardized trucking regulations

By The Canadian Press on July 12, 2018.

The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen on April, 7, 2018. Members from Canada's Prairie provinces will meet next week to discuss what standardized trucking regulations would look like. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says that discussions were underway prior to the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on April 6 that killed 16 people and injured 13 others. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

REGINA – Government officials from Canada’s three Prairie provinces plan to meet next week to discuss standardizing trucking regulations.

Trucking safety has been in the spotlight since an April 6 bus crash killed 16 people and injured 13 others from the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.

But Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says these discussions began before the crash.

Moe says he hopes any changes that are agreed upon will be brought in soon.

Alberta announced earlier this week that it’s making driver training for new commercial truckers mandatory as early as January 2019.

Moe says he supports the move and thinks that some parents from the Broncos likely feel the same.

The Broncos bus crash happened at an intersection on rural Saskatchewan and involved a tractor trailer owned by a Calgary company.

Transport Canada announced Wednesday that it’s making seatbelts mandatory on new medium and large highway buses starting Sept. 1, 2020.

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