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Canada wants distracted driver training in MELT programs


“The majority of fleets in Canada have distracted driver training and monitoring policies in place,” says CTA president Stephen Laskowski.

TORONTO, Ont. – Training to combat distracted driving is set to become part of Canada’s plans for mandatory entry-level driver training (MELT).

The commitment to introduce a national driver training standard was unveiled following a fatal truck crash involving a bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, killing 16.

The federal government released a request for proposal this week specifically to develop a distracted driving training module, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) reports.

“Distracted driving is a growing problem on our roadways and risks the safety of every type of driver,” said alliance president Stephen Laskowski.

“The majority of fleets in Canada have distracted driver training and monitoring policies in place to mitigate the negative effects of distracted driving. However, this development will provide the provinces with a potential distracted driver MELT module that would ensure all new entrants coming into our sector understand the safety consequences of distracted driving behavior.”

The government says its goal with this project is to develop training material that would help address driver distractions and offer guidelines to help fleet managers mitigate the issue.

 


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5 Comments » for Canada wants distracted driver training in MELT programs
  1. Shawn Marcil says:

    Well I’ve sent comments about this to the MTO during their comment period when they were planning the MELT program.
    While I agree with driver training, this isn’t going to help at all. They think there is a driver shortage now? What will happen now when new drivers have to pay 8 to 10 thousand to go to school just so they can start a low income job? Not to mention aging A drivers that want to retire from the road can no longer just drop to a D license without having to start over. All that I know are just leaving the industry now.

    Then there is the fact I can’t train my own kid any more. And I’m more qualified than ANY instructor at the local school.
    Not to mention a friend of mine is an instructor at one of Canada’s biggest schools. He told me he has had students he failed because they had no hope of driving trucks…..and Unemployment Insurance has stepped in and MADE the school pass them.

    I feel if anything, new drivers should be sent out with experienced drivers with clean records in a type of apprenticeship program.
    They will learn a lot more in real world training then what these schools teach.

    And also, the MTO driver trainers should actually DO THEIR JOB and give new applicants a real road test. Doesn’t take a scientist to determine if someone can pass a driving test or not.

  2. Roy Craigen says:

    MELT is a bottom of the barrel, low training standard that will make Canadian highways more dangerous. You do not learn to drive a 63,500 kg unit in 30 training hours, that are shared with two other students.

  3. john Wihksen says:

    John-I was a victim of distracted driving and have lost 6 years of living,not to mention physical and mental trauma. The Goverment Provincial and Federal are so slow to react to our vehicular challenges. Commercial driver upgrades should have been implimented 40 years ago,as I was involved in Commercial training in BC. and no change since 1971? I do understand “politics” but human life does matter? – John Wihksen,Vancouver.

  4. Naeem says:

    Who will teach this in MELT? Melt is melted already.
    First we should have some qualification standards for Instructors and drive test examiners.

  5. Mike Eddington says:

    While I can endorse distracted driver training as part of the MELT program I believe that this training whether as an online or compulsory classroom program should be required of any new driver, and should be required before obtaining a car driving licence. Distracted driving is not a problem limited to just new professional drivers, but to all drivers. The courses could be tailored just as defensive driving and PDIC courses are now.

    Maybe the CTA should advocate for better training for all drivers, not just those of us who make a living behind the wheel.

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