A new training program for drivers who wish to obtain a Class 1 licence (combinations of road vehicles) will become mandatory across Québec in 2023. The goal of the program is to improve the road safety record, to ensure that our roads are shared safely with heavy vehicles, and to implement entry-level requirements that are the same as those coming into effect across the rest of Canada.
In February 2020, the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety approved a Canada-wide standard for entry-level training for Class 1 drivers. This standard has since been included in the National Safety Code.
In Québec, the Ministère des Transports aims to make this new training mandatory as of 2023. The training program will be developed in collaboration with industry partners. Consultations will be held as of next week.
Businesses in the freight industry that wish to take part in these consultations must register no later than October 22 by sending an email to the following address: FOVL@saaq.gouv.qc.ca This link opens your default email software..
Commercial drivers who already hold a Class 1 licence will not be required to follow this new mandatory training.