Testing truck safety: Are you safe on the road? (Marketplace)

[ ♪♪♪ ] -[ David ] Let’s talk about
truck driver training. You should see some of
the reckless driving I’ve seen on the road. Hold on, hold on, hold on. Cars coming. It blows my mind. It’s not safe. -[ David ] This is
your Marketplace. Unit 5, brove zero, 10-4,
just running chase cars… -[ David ] On Canada’s
busiest highway… We got one. He’s on his cell. It looks like something’s
out of the norm there. Did he bump into you? -[ David ] ..police are
cracking down on truck drivers. They can be the most
dangerous vehicles on the road, just because of their
mass they’re carrying. -[ David ] About
one in five road deaths in Canada involves
commercial trucks. What we are finding with a
lot of the heavy trucks and inexperienced drivers is that
a lot of times they’re either travelling the
highways too fast, they’re not leaving
enough space for stopping. Apparently this gentleman
said his brakes failed and that caused the collision. -[ David ] Experts
say training for new truck drivers leads
to safer streets. More driver training, good for
everybody out on the roadways. -[ David ] We’re going
to test that training. That’s why we’re
hitting the highways, going across the
country, from Halifax, through the prairies, to BC. First stop… Saskatchewan. Heath, I’m David.
– Nice to meet you, David. -[ David ] Yeah,
good to meet you. So you up for a
big challenge here? Bring it on. -[ David ] Heath
Muggli is on special assignment for Marketplace. We want to see
what you’re learning, as you’re learning it. We’ve hired him to go
undercover and find out… What does it take to get
a license to drive an 80,000- pound big rig? And you’re good to go. He’s going to truck
driving school in Saskatoon. Hi, how are you doing? Good, so day one of my
truck driver training, and I don’t know
what I should expect. We’re gonna do a circle check. I’m nervous. -[ David ] We want
to know if schools are properly preparing
students to drive big rigs. Or are they just providing
the bare minimum to pass the road test? Ten minutes and
he turns to me and says, “Okay.” So, you’re going to be
right in, right now. So now I’m driving a big rig. My training thus far in terms
of piloting a vehicle like this, I read a manual. And shift, clutch, clutch. Because you over-rev it. I stalled the truck
about 30 seconds in. Let off the clutch. We’re in fourth now. It’s not smooth, I
will be honest with you. Eggs would have been broken. -[ David ] In Saskatchewan,
truck training is optional. But if you choose to take
it, there often isn’t much. At Heath’s school, he’s
getting 16 hours over the week, and wonders, “Is that enough?” If I’m a guy just trying to
get my truck drivers license, that makes me feel pretty good. If I’m a guy analysing how
ready I am for the road, then it makes me feel a
little less good about things. -[ David ] Even Heath’s
instructors know the training he’s
taking isn’t enough. After one week, do you
think you’re fucking ready for the road? You don’t know how
to do a logbook yet. -[ David ] Here’s the thing… If Heath was in Ontario,
the law requires at least 100 hours of training. It’s the only province
where training is both mandatory and rigourous. Canada’s biggest trucking
group argues licensing should be this tough everywhere. Because truck drivers, no matter
where they get their license, cross provincial
borders, yet politicians haven’t taken action. Sometimes only
tragedy can bring change. Breaking news, out
of Saskatchewan… There has been a deadly
collision involving a semi truck and a bus RCMP announced 29 criminal
charges against the driver, Jaskirat Singh
Sidhu of Calgary. How long has that
truck driver been driving? -[ David ] Our search
for answers brings us to the sombre
scene of that crash. One of the big reasons why we’re
even talking about truck safety now, why it’s become an
issue, is because of what happened here. Sixteen killed here
in rural Saskatchewan, part of the Humboldt Broncos
team killed when their bus on their way to a game, a
big game, a playoff game, a truck coming down
this road, hit them. Russell Herold’s son
was killed in that crash, 16-year-old Adam. We lost our son, my
daughter’s brother. We lost our best friend. We lost one of the best
things that ever happened to us. -[ David ] This
will be the family’s first harvest without Adam. It hasn’t been made easier after
learning details about the man behind the wheel of the truck. What did the RCMP tell
you about the driver? Well, they told us
that it was the truck driver’s first trip alone. -[ David ] What did you think
when you hear that? It made me sick. It really made me cry because
those 16 people and everyone else on that bus, and
all the families involved, didn’t need– didn’t
need to have this happen. -[ David ] Russell
is now suing the driver and the trucking company, hoping it will lead to
mandatory training and stricter licensing rules. It’s not going to
bring our son back. It’s not going to bring
anybody else on that bus that perished back. If you can make any small change
that would save even one life, is it not worth it? -[ David ] What is your
message to every province where
training is not yet required? Get on board before this
happens in your province. It shouldn’t take a tragedy
like this to bring it to the forefront. -[ David ] But these
tragedies are happening, and far too often. We spent months analysing
fatal truck crashes across the country. In five years, over 1500 deaths. One of those trouble
spots is right here in BC. Do you find it
difficult just driving through? Absolutely. -[ David ] A year
before Humboldt, Pattie Babij’s
husband Stephen was killed in a crash near
the BC-Alberta border. She’s been fighting
for change ever since. That’s the day
your life changed. Yeah, I just had a gut feeling. That afternoon, the RCMP car
drove in my driveway and I knew. -[ David ] Her
husband had been hit head-on by another trucker. He was going full speed, full
speed when he hit my husband. -[ David ] The driver,
just 24 years old. Why does a hairstylist
require more training than a professional driver
pulling, you know, just under 40,000 KGs. -[ David ] Hundreds
have signed her petition calling for tough new mandatory truck training laws. There needs to be a much
stricter training component. -[ David ] Have you ever
stopped here before? No. -[ David ] What goes through
your mind stopping here? This is the end of
my life as I knew it, and my husband’s. -[ David ] Are you
comfortable to get out? Yes. -[ David ] I can’t
imagine it’s easy. No, it’s not, you know? We always say, “Love you, bye.” You never think that’s
going to be the last time. At the end of the day, all
we can do is try to make some change so that people don’t
have to keep going through this. That’s the important
part– it has to stop. -[ David ] The system’s
broken, you think? Absolutely. -[ David ] Back
on hidden camera, Heath is concerned
about that system too. He can’t believe after
just 16 hours’ training, he’s about to
take his road test. Are you ready?
– Yeah. This is it. It’s test day. I’ve trained. I’ve studied. I’ve learned. Let’s find out if you’re
going to get your license today. Let’s do that. -[ David ] If he
passes, he can drive just about any truck
anywhere in North America. One more right-hand
turn pretty well executed, if I do say so. And I think we’re gonna be done. So, how do you think you did? I think I did pretty good. -[ David ] Good
enough, it turns out. Well, folks, there it is. I am a professional driver. -[ David ] Let’s see about that. We’ve brought
Heath to Ontario… I guess a
congratulations is in order. ..where drivers must have 100
hours of rigourous training. Professional
driver, right there. -[ David ] That’s
six times more than what Heath not in Saskatchewan. The test here is very different. We want to see if you’re
actually ready for the road. Oh, no. -[ David ] We want to put you out on another test. How do you feel about that? Surprised. But strangely
comfortable with it. -[ David ] I’m going
to bring in Carole. -[ David ] Carole’s
got decades of experience behind the wheel. I’m Heath.
– Carole. Nice to meet you. This is like– this is like
an intervention or something. Nobody told me about this. What the hell?! -[ David ] So here’s the
surprise, Heath. We’re going to put
you in that truck. Okay. -[ David ] And Carole’s
gonna put you through the gears. It’s a test after
your test to see how ready you really
are to take on a truck. You gotta make me
look good somehow! I’m going to try! -[ David ] Fasten
your seat belt. Marketplace puts
Heath in the hot seat. I was hoping I could get
through this without you having to stop me. -[ David ] Is he
really ready to drive a big rig? We mapped out fatal truck
crashes across the country in the past five years. Check out that interactive
map at cbc.ca/marketplace. Do you have a story you
think Marketplace should investigate next? Tell us all about it,
on e-mail, Twitter, Facebook. -[ David ] On the road
with your Marketplace. [ ♪♪♪ ] -[ David ] Every
year, big rigs are involved in tens of thousands of crashes, leading to
hundreds of deaths. Long-time truckers tell
us one of the solutions… Tougher training. What are the things that you
see now that just make you shake your head? Just tailgating,
inexperienced driving. I am to the point where I am
scared out on the highways. When they don’t
have any training, they are opportunities
of careless driving. It should be mandatory
because I’m telling you, it’s dangerous
driving these trucks. Training is the number 1 answer. It is the answer. – [ David ] This one?
– Yes. -[ David ] Heath
out his license in Saskatchewan after
just 16 hours of training. Training, the law says, he
doesn’t even really need. So, what we’re going to
do, a vehicle inspection. So, right from the start,
like, as if you just started this job today. -[ David ] So,
Ontario instructor Carole Dore is putting Heath’s
training to the test. Okay, good start. He was able to
get the hood open. Remember, in Ontario, drivers
are forced to have 100 hours of training before they
take the road test. Step one for Heath,
step one for any driver, taking a look at the truck,
making sure it’s roadworthy. Yeah, belt looks good here. Pulleys look good on that side. -[ David ] Next
challenge, coupling and uncoupling a trailer, a daily routine
for most truckers. It’s not moving. -[ David ] That’s
not a great start. So it locked back in. Well, it didn’t all the way. -[ David ] He’s going to figure
out what’s going on, figure out why he
can’t uncouple. Take two. There we go. Now you can hook it back up. Now you’re going to love this. In my training, I
never coupled a trailer. -[ David ] What do
you mean, you never learned how to couple
with a trailer? Oh, I think you know
exactly what I mean! -[ David ] You’re to
be a truck driver. You don’t know how to
connect to a trailer? Coupling and uncoupling
is not part of the road test in Saskatchewan. I didn’t have to demonstrate
an understanding of it in order to get my license. -[ David ] What do
you think of that? That’s nuts! Because as part of our, test
we need to uncouple and couple a trailer. Let’s get in. -[ David ] The next
job, out on the road… All right, Hail Mary -[ David ] Remember, Heath
has never driven this truck or on these roads. See the gate? We’re gonna go through the gate. -[ David ] Good start
out of the gates. Good thing you didn’t
bring a hot cup of coffee. Be wearing it by now? So not this light, but
next light we’re going to be going right. -[ David ] A couple
turns in, still doing okay. Okay, so now
we’re going 401 East. You’re not taking the
where there’s a lot of traffic and stuff, are you? No, I would never do that. -[ David ] Well, Heath, it’s
actually the 401 Expressway, the busiest
trucking route in Canada. You know, I’ve only
known you for a few hours, but I don’t really trust you. I wonder why you. -[ David ] No issues
on the highway. He’s exceeding
everyone’s expectations. Could he actually pull this off? The biggest
challenges are still ahead. Oh, my gosh, are you
taking me out into the cornfields to make me disappear? No! No, but at the stop
sign, you will go right. -[ David ] Heath needs
to make a sharp right turn coming up. Drivers need to know this. His technique
needs to be flawless. Otherwise he’ll take out an
already dinged up street sign, or worse, other vehicles. Oh, that’s tight for him,
two trucks side-by-side. Go ahead. Where does that guy
think he’s going? -[ David ] He stopped
short, gives the other driver a bit of a wave. All right, starting his turn. Oh, watch that truck. Yeah, he’s not gonna wait. -[ David ] Here we go. Don’t turn in too fast. -[ David ] It’s tight
but he makes it. Pretty wide. That was very wide.
– Yup. It’s only going to get more
challenging for Heath. At the light, we’re
going to turn left. -[ David ] This turn isn’t
unusual, but it is difficult. Time the lane change perfectly
while making a tight left turn. Not something for rookies. Hold on, hold on. That car’s coming. -[ David ] Whoa,
that’s not good. Hard stop. Thank you! Hey, you have a brake.
– I do so. -[ David ] Instructor
Carole pulls the emergency brake to avoid a crash. Now he’s pulling
through a red light. I was hoping I can get
through this without you having to stop me. -[ David ] Close call. But it’s not over yet. So, now you’re going to
do a 90-degree backup. Oh! Ever done this before? No, I have not done this before. -[ David ] He passed his
road test in Saskatchewan without ever backing
it into a dock? Doesn’t hit the
mark on the first try. You’re about a
foot inside the dock. -[ David ] Or the second. Just all crooked again. -[ David ] Or the third. We’re gonna the
here a while, Carole. I can see that. -[ David ] A strong start, but not so great at the end. Let’s see how he did. Heath got his license in
Saskatchewan after doing training that he
didn’t have to do. If he’d done what he did today
in Ontario– For a drive test? -[ David ] –would
he have passed? No.
-[ David ] No? No. -[ David ] What does
that say to you then that he got his license? It blows my mind. It’s plainly not safe to
be on the road to do something like that. -[ David ] What
do you think about the fact that in Canada, the only place where
there’s mandatory training is in Ontario? What do I think? My personal opinion, it
should be going across Canada. -[ David ] Now, what
do you think after you’ve been through
this process? Oh, I agree. It’s been humbling and, uh,
I wouldn’t say that I was overconfident, but
I thought, “Okay, I am somewhat comfortable doing
this,” and it was a terrific illustration today of how
unready I am for more than some very basic, you know, driving. -[ David ] Last
stop on our road trip. The federal government
does in fact have the authority to do this. You’re choosing not to
exercise that power. Why is that? As a federal minister, I try
to, wherever it is possible, to seek cooperation. -[ David ] What do
you make of that? That’s political posturing. -[ David ] This is
your Marketplace. Get more Marketplace. Sign up for our
weekly newsletter at cbc.ca/marketplace. -[ David ] This is
your Marketplace. [ ♪♪♪ ] -[ David ] Over the
past five years, more than 1500 people have been killed by truck crashes. It’s a risky job, right,
because it’s not safe if we have no experience. -[ David ] Our investigation
showed how little it takes to become a heavy hauler.>>Hairdressers need to
have more training now than Class 1 drivers. -[ David ] Last year, a 24
-year -old truck driver slammed into Pattie Babij’s husband head-on. The Humboldt tragedy,
my husband’s tragedy, you know, we’re all standing up
and we’re pushing this forward. The government isn’t going to do
anything until we’re sitting in their office, saying, “What
are you going to do about this?” -[ David ] Only Ontario
requires mandatory training for new drivers. Alberta alone, saying it
will follow next year. But the feds could
make the rule nationwide. We’re meeting Transport
Minister Marc Garneau in Ottawa. I do support minimum entry-level
standards for training. -[ David ] Right
across the country? Right across the country. -[ David ] You think
it’s necessary? I think it is necessary. -[ David ] The federal
government does in fact have the authority to do this. You’re choosing not to
exercise that power. Why is that? As Federal Minister, I try
to, wherever it is possible, to seek cooperation
across the country. I’m going to be meeting with
my provincial counterparts in a couple of months. I will be putting it forward
to them that I think it’s very important for us that we
have these training standards for our truckers. It is my hope that they will
all see things the same way. -[ David ] And if they don’t? Well, it’s a bridge I’ll
cross when I get to that. -[ David ] What do
those demanding change think of that? It is my hope that they will
all see things the same way. -[ David ] That’s
your federal minister agreeing with you that mandatory minimum standards should
exist right across the country. He’s not forcing it, but he is
strongly suggesting to others they do it. What do you make of that? I think that’s
political posturing. He thinks there should
be mandatory training, and he hopes the
provinces agree with it, but he doesn’t say
they’re going to force them to. -[ David ] Russel Herold’s
son Adam was killed when a truck slammed into the Humboldt Broncos bus. What do you think the holdup is? I don’t know what the holdup is. Get moving with this. -[ David ] Make this a priority. Make this a priority. Makes saving lives a priority. Lives are hanging
in the balance, and we’re talking
about timelines. Why would we wait until some of
the else dies on the highway? [ ♪♪♪ ] -[ Charlsie ] We’re
going up, way up, to get the dirt
on filthy flights. It’s already brown. -[ Charlsie ] We
swab all the popular spots. We found E. coli there. These, for example,
they’re probably streptococcus, which we probably
associate with sore throats. That doesn’t surprise me. No wonder people are sick
when you get off of there. You see that? -[ Charlsie ] Look! A passenger was using other
passenger blankets or pillows. -[ Charlsie ] 18 flights. Over 100 samples collected. We reveal the dirtiest surface. Feels really, really gross. It’s not very good. -[ Charlsie ] And looks like it
is made with Canadian apples. I think there would be a lot of
people feeling really deceived if they knew the whole story. -[ Charlsie ] But
the labels are a mystery. I actually have no idea. It says Canada Choice and I
don’t know what that means. -[ Charlsie ] The
truth of apple juice. Consumers are taking a
backstreet to industry. I really don’t think so. -[ Charlsie ] You can’t
afford to miss Marketplace. [ ♪♪♪ ]

100 Replies to “Testing truck safety: Are you safe on the road? (Marketplace)”

  1. Truck drivers are becoming a lot more aggressive because trucking companies are hiring x cons since they can't find enough truckers due to low pay

  2. What about bus drivers? They're carrying people, not boxes or pallets! In Europe, the bus license is even a "higher class" than the truck license…

  3. I had a license to drive a commercial vehicle, I took a course at a community college and we did 80 hours of classroom before ever getting behind the wheel. The driving school on the other side of town GRADUATED drivers in less than 80 hours. I drove 700-850 miles before I took my driving test. The other school? It was rumored that you were lucky to get 25-50 miles behind the wheel.
    In my state, you can take the test for a heavy truck driving license WITHOUT any instruction if you study the driving manual.

    BTW, we had several people in my class who did not pass the test for a license the first time. One could not park the truck satisfactorily and another could not SHIFT from gear to gear satisfactorily.

    The first trucking company I went to work for wanted graduates from the "minimalistic" school. Go figure.

  4. Annual inspection for ALL cars and trucks like in the EU.
    And a special separate drivers licence for cars AND trucks.
    In the EU we have a drivers licence for almost everything.
    Motorcycle – car – truck – bus – farmvehicle – moped.
    And a separate licence for a trailer.
    For large vehicles, (trucks and busses) you also need to visit a doctor every 5 years to renew your license.
    I have a truck license and that took 10 4-hour lessons. (excluding theory training)

  5. the federal government likes to have poor drivers from foreign countries on the the companies do as well they work real cheap Big trucking companies want cheap drivers from overseas at one time we used to get our low paid truckers from Sask or new foundland that was not good enough now we get them overseas

  6. How about car driving schools teach their students how to behave around trucks. I have two
    daughters , my oldest got her license last year and the other one is going through the schooling now and neither one of them was shown what not to do around trucks. i'll bet this goes on in most
    driving schools around the country. There are way more cars on the roadways as there are trucks
    and i am really scared of what i see when i drive my truck. So much so that i recently bought a dash cam to be able to film what happens in front of my truck.

  7. A HUGE problem in my area is trucks in the fast lane. (Left lane). Trucks will even cut you off. They’ll even jump in when there’s a small gap during rush hour. Which is a problem when you only have two lanes on the freeway,

    Which is extremely dangerous. Because as a car you’re going 70 ish mph. And you hav a semi truck going 55. That’s asking for an accident.

    When you only have two lanes on a freeway and both lanes are filled with semi trucks, it DESTROYS the flow of traffic.

    They are out of control in my area.

  8. I'm not saying that some commercial truck diving accidents arent caused by the truck driver but you see in the video that people dont give big rigs the respect they need. When the guy was doing that right turn that smaller grey truck doesn't wait. I always let the big rig go first and give them more than enough room to make the turn. My dad is a dump truck driver in Madison and people always cut him off and tailgate him.

  9. I got my CDL in the USA with about 1 hour at most experience on how to back up in a parking lot and about maybe 1 hour at most of driving on the road so I have my CDL with maybe 2 hours experience. Don’t worry I decided not to go trucking, you’re safe.

  10. I made my living driving trucks for over 18yrs.
    No way is a person ready to deal with a truck <Class 8> with even 100 hrs of training.
    So now he did this in perfect weather no load on with someone in the cab with him.
    Cannot believe he passed in Saskatchwan without even uncoupling a truck it baffles me.
    A plumber gets more training then this to be fully qualified.
    The transportation industry is a big puppy mill to get freight moving plainly.

  11. The scariest part of driving a big rig is people in cars that don't give you any room and cut in front of you and hit the brakes. Its nolt always the person in the Rig that is a cause of a accident

  12. I got into a car accident with a truck last year after it merged unto my lane :/ My car was wrecked and was totaled. Luckily, 2 of my passengers and I were not hurt. Whenever I pass a truck when I drive I tense up. It’s hard to forget! Driver admitted at the end that he didn’t get a lot of sleep.

  13. It is a systemic problem. From politics to economics to special interest groups, the problem is far reaching. Now throw into the mix the system wide shortage of drivers and the volume of "New Canadians" being brought in to back fill this shortage; many of which have never even driven on snow or ice in their life.
    A system wide, government mandated change is absolutely required. The first step is to establish pre-requisites of skill and literacy levels, a country wide standard of training and the recognition of the profession as a Skilled Trade. Just like all trades, an ongoing level of practical, instructor led classroom education, and re-testing of abilities and comprehension for the first two years MINIMUM. And just like other trades, once properly demonstrated skills and comprehension are established the driver will become "Certified" to accept and operate more demanding and lucrative positions ie. Transporting Dangerous Goods, Winter driving, Mountain Driving, Heavier Loads, Pulling "B-trains etc. These skills and competencies should parallel those of a Aviation Industry ie. Private Pilot Liscence, Night and Weather Endorsement, Mountain Endorsements, Multi-engine ratings to Commercial Ratings, Weather Understanding.
    As with any Trade training and Testing, it must be done by Government Certified Examiners, and not just by a trainer at the local driving school ( which in most cases is owned by the relative of the student ).
    Mandatory " check rides" once a driver becomes Certified (I hate the term Licensed) should also be mandated of each companies Safety Department andvrecords submitted to appropriate Regulatory body. In the event of an Owner-Operator check rides, it could be completed and done at ANY Motor Vechicle branch and not just the Operators home Province as the criteria would be consistent system wide.

    These ideas only scratch the surface of Safety and Development, but the Provincial Trucking Associations would be one of the lobbyists AGAINST such a radical change…………….follow the money.

    Until then, as more and more Temporary Foreign Workers are brought in to fill these roles, receiving Federal Funding (up to 13,500.00) to attend a corner Driving School (almost always owned by a relative), are FAST tracked thru the training with just the very basics being taught ( at best ), and turned loose to be employed and sent down our Hiways working for the brother of the driving school owner (coincidence? ), never having even seen snow/ice or Mountains, never having to demonstrate a working knowledge of our official language (how do they read road signs and warnings) because some provinces permit the written and road test in the applicants "comfort language", continue to allow Canadian drivers to use paper log books (colouring books due to the overwhelming amount of fraudulent entries), then ever person that drives our streets and roads will continue to be a risk……..Only in Canada..,, what a Country.

  14. Sorry for the lose of life ,it is always a sad factor. I am a retired truck driver in the US what did the bus driver do that might have been a factor in the wreck. I had many a close call at intersections. cars, buses pulling out in front of me like they had the right of way when I was the one with the right of way. People just don't know how hard it is to stop a 80,000 pound vehicle. At 55 mph it takes over a 100 yard US football field to stop one. I believe that it should be mandatory for a person to at lest watch a film on how to drive around a semi. There was a study by AAA on wrecks involving a semi and a 4 wheeler's and they found that over 90% of the wrecks were the 4 wheelers fault. THEY TRIED TO HIDE THE STUDY. But the government found out and made them release it. Again, I am very sorry for the lose of the life of the ones on that buss.

  15. One thing I truly believe in is that even here in the US. there needs to be better training and a whole lot more experience before an person is turned loss in a bid truck for the first time. I had a lot of experience driving one commercially. I had 4 years of driving one in the military, then 6 weeks of schooling, I was also raised on a farm and drone one over the fields to the silo's and back hauling grain.

  16. you said that there wrer 10 of thousands of wrecks involving trucks. But No info on how many 4 wheeler wrecks involving just 4 wheelers that involved dealths.

  17. The most important thing is truck drivers DO need more training EVEN in the US. But the average car driver neen a whole lot mor training on how to drive around a big truck and what could happen if they do not pay attention to the basic rules. The drivers I see out there scares the hell out of me. They drive these big trucks like they are cars. I am truly glad that I am retired and live in a small city. Where the is not a whole lot of truck traffic.

  18. I am in office & also done professional driving. Driving medium vehicle (6 tyre). But i was mostly driving in the city & also on highways. I wish to be a driver (HGV). I want to be a perfect driver with training. I am commenting here for a reason, i have seen small cars driver just not allowing big trucks t enter in the city. Some disrespect for the drivers. We can't always blame the big trucks drivers also the medium car drivers should be carefully. As there are blind spots for the big trucks, just want to say drive carefully. Understand the driver his problems . The best is we respect and understand each other behind the wheels.
    Happy Driving.
    Safe Driving.
    Thank You

  19. He should try his hand in MA, USA, here you need at least two months training in a lot learning to do lane change, left and right hand backing up methods in every scenario and even left and right (aka sight and blind respectively) parallel parking, and every point of pretrip and doing the pointing out of and saying what each part is and does and then there is the road course.
    Meanwhile in NH it is like Saskatchewan with less requirements than MA, or even in CT where there is a popular school called NETTTS (New England Tractor Trailer Training School) of at least 6 weeks in classroom and road courses, Too many companies with their own school are also so lacking in full proper training. All that despite the Federal mandate on training as you Canadians on each territory are showing much the same.

  20. You have those companies trying to cut shipping costs and now so many accidents happening with trucks just like with crazy car drivers. This is also due to our dependence on fossil fuels, for the short haul, the tesla truck has so many safety features and is pure electric and has all the tesla "autodrive" technology that allows it to prevent accidents, then why do we still have to rely on trucks for the long haul, there is the nikola truck with hydrogen fuel cells, but that technology is still in its infancy stages and is in need of so much research to get it up and running for everyday use. Why not use trains for long distance ground shipping? trains can carry several hundred trailers on their back and are more fuel efficient per trailer compared to a truck and keeping some trucks off the road will reduce traffic congestion in heavy traffic areas and of course reduce those traffic fatalities that continue to happen regardless of the kind of vehicle car or full sized truck.

  21. I don't think this video is blaming the truckers. There's an increased responsibility when driving a truck because it is much more difficult to drive and accidents involving trucks can lead to much worse consequences.

  22. i never drove standard before driving a big rig, that was my biggest challenge, i just didnt understand the concept of letting the clutch out slowly, like i thought they meant like let it all the way out slowly… so i would stall on like every hill.. but i would say 1 of the most dangerous things i noticed about truck driving was a lot of drivers skipping most of the pretrip but thats because most bosses just dont give you enough time , to do a full proper pre trip u need like 30+ minutes at least and most trucks are maintained to the bare minimum.

  23. Do you know why I don’t get into accidents? Because I do not give people the opportunity to create one! Do you know why I don’t get speeding tickets? I don’t follow the “flow” of traffic! Do you know why I don’t have to make abrupt lane changes? I scan my surroundings at all times. I scan my mirrors continuously! I drive in the right furthest lane and 5 mph under the posted speed limit! I also don’t get into accidents because of a mandatory law called a PRE-TRIP-INSPECTION.. My rig does not move until I deem it safe for public roads! THIS IS MY KINGDOM AND I RULE MY KINGDOM

  24. Trucks cause 90% of the crashes in the world. These drivers need to be trained right because a territory or state without laws is subject to a territory or state that has them. If these drivers don't get the proper training the cops will bust them and take and destroy their CDL.

  25. Just like you have people who drive cars and don’t care about other people safety. You have truck drivers who are the same way.

  26. says trucks dont leave enough room to stop. every truck ive ever seen has tried but every car on the road thinks the truck is leaving that spot open for them.

  27. I'm in the states and I like watching this. I do have my CDL for my state Pennsylvania I did not go to a driving school for my CDL just to take the road coarse test after I took the written permit test and pass. I do know that they keep making the test harder here in the states every 5 years. If you go through the school you will be required to do a min of 100 hours or more to pass the test but since I didn't take the schools coarse I had a higher score I had to get in order to pass my test instead of knowing about 90% of everything I had to do flawlessly without any screw ups. What helped me out was I drove them I was only 12 years old on the farm so I was basically driving before I was even allow to actually be driving

  28. Here is the truth of the matter trucking salaries have not changed in 30years carriers already have a difficult time filling the seats with competent drivers, and Ontario may now be doing something about mandatory training after years of having tons of shady trucking schools pump out thousands of steering wheel holders that made Ontario have some of the worst drivers in North America. lets not forget Ontario was at the forefront of the 105kmh speed limiter laws that made our highways full of trucks that cannot safely get by each other!! This seems like another instance of Ontario imposing its laws upon other jurisdictions. More training is important however there has to be better salaries and conditions to attract newcomers to replace the old timers that have done a respectable jobs despite all the regulations, changes over the last 30 years. As far as I know trucking is the only industry where professionals and amateurs share the same space.

  29. 2018 Trucking Safety Award Winners:
    Joe-Eddy Rattler
    Dernell "Highway Winder" Peterson
    Butch "Straight One Eight" Tyson
    CB Mahoney Jenkins
    Tennessee "TJ" Booker

  30. I got my license in Alberta, I had to go to school to get it. Took me 8 weeks and backing up was not practiced too many times. I was also not trained to drive in the mountains or knowing what to do in dangerous situations. Not good. I had to learn all that on my own. Not safe way to learn. I was sweating bullets going to Vancouver and back with a heavy load of scrap metal going to Vancouver, empty back. Also, no winter driving training in schools or anywhere which is so important to learn that it is not even funny. I had to train myself for the most important parts which is dangerous and just not fair. There was only one company that I worked for which taught me how to drive on ice if I happened to slip and not find myself jacknifing causing a deadly accident. It was the most important lesson I learned which should have been taught at the school and not at a company. I do not drive anymore but I agree with this report, truck driving schools should be mandatory, and absolutely everything, every type of scenario should be taught and thoroughly practiced before letting someone go on the road test and earning that license. This is why it is hard to find good truck drivers. I became one of the good ones because I cared about the trucks, myself, the public, my job and not cheating in the driver log books. Now don't look for me wanting to hire me, I am done with driving. I switched careers :))

  31. One of the big problems is the low governor setting that allows cars to cut us off more than before. As Well the training is good but first 6months should be with an experienced driver

  32. I’m a truck driver, 18 wheeler, of 21 years 3.25 MILLION safe driving miles. I see at least 20 people in cars, 4 wheelers, txting, reading or doing other stuff everyday! EVERYDAY!! I have used my phone while driving but only with Bluetooth devices, not when big traffic is around.! It IS a big distraction. I have done other stuff too, BUT NOT WHEN TRAFFIC IS AROUND!! These guys get beside me and sit there txting, reading, and other stuff…. makeup, playing games on phone as I witnessed the other day.
    COM’ON PEOPLE!! Realize you are driving, hang up and DRIVE!!!

  33. Your story is interesting but you didn't cover something I find really important . The truck itself, You've seen the commercials for new cars with lane assist , backup cameras crash protection yet you don't say if trucks still have blind spots in 2018 , no one mentioned any saftey features that are new in trucks, or are they almost 5 years behind cars ? As no one seems to care about the training is it the same for the truck design? This should have been covered to in your doc. as well Bob Forrest

  34. In 1974 I started working as a driver examiner 2 with the province of BC. I did a 1 month training course to get my class 1 driver's licence. While employed I had the highest fail rate of comercial drivers. My boss check rode me very often to try and get me to loosen up on the fail rate. I left in 1984 as the government swiched the Driver Exame Department from Motor Vehicles to the Insurance Coroperation of BC and our wages were steped down. In my opinion, ICBC was in a conflict of intrest as their prime goal was to operate and insurance company. Today if their are to many accidents, ICBC just has to tell the driver Examiners to improve the test rate, but they don't. The trucking industry has staff who lobby ICBC to lower the standards of the road test, thus ensuring more accident, and more payouts from ICBC. It is quite a mess and need to be sorted out and the start is puting the examiners back under the motor vehicle branch.

  35. in Germany or Spain you need at least 3 month full blast studying ….and that only if you are realy realy good learning and pasing all the tests…..but normaly it takes up to 9 months, and 6.000 Euros cash or nearly 7.000 u.s.d to go through all the tests and are alowed to drive .

  36. You want to know a big problem with trucking? I was a truck driver for seven years and I learned a thing or two. Drivers are lied to by dispatchers and treated like crap. When people get out on the road and they realize just how tough the job is and how people in their company and people on the road and the customers all disrespect them a lot of people just quit. Companies can't focus on doing thorough training because of the high turnover due to the way that over the road truck drivers are miss lead by recruiters about what the job is going to be like. I was lied to about pretty much everything and even the trainer I had didn't want to be a trainer he had been pressured into training new drivers. Drivers who know how to stand up for themselves don't get the good trips. The dispatchers aren't regulated and they can lie or scream or leave a driver sitting for days in order to manipulate them but all the liability is on the driver. Something else that new drivers don't realize is that there is a streamlined efficient process that will make sure that the holder of the professional drivers license has little say in what they have to do if they want to pay their bills but all of the legal liability when something goes wrong. So low levels of training and high turnover rates and always having a lot of new drivers on the road isn't the drivers fault. There are many problems but those are enough for one YT comment that won't get read.

  37. You get what you pay for! Drivers are expected to work terrible/long hours and earn low income. Its unhealthy, frustrating, dangerous, and loaded with liability! The driver shortage in America is causing companies to bring people in from other countries that dont speak English just to get the job done. On top of all this the lack of skill or complete lack of care on behalf of the average motorist on the road is amazing to me!

  38. Wow, these people make it seem like it’s only ever truckers that take the fault….there is far more danger with regular citizen drivers than truckers…I’m a trucker for 5yrs now, I’ve had so many close calls from people not paying attention. Just an example, 3 days ago 12-10-18, I was forced into a ditch because this woman was texting and nearly drove into my driver fender area, after I drove into the ditch and guess what?? The woman that forced me off the road just kept driving off like nothing

  39. It's not just the drivers it is also the shipping company that hires a poorly trained driver that needs to get hit in the pocket book! Christ the first season of highway thru hell clearly showed that several so called "professional drivers" didn't even have basic knowledge of how to put on a set of chains to climb the "smasher" on highway 5 out of hope BC! We are now watching season 7 (20172018 winter season) how the hell can we have almost a decade of reality TV involving truck crashes on a section of highway? I drive that highway during winter to visit family and it isn't really that hard! But you have to have a basic knowledge of winter driving to successfully drive that section between hope and Merritt!

    The 20172018 winter season the Coquihalla (highway 5) was closed 35 times for accident's! 33 of those times were the result of commercial truck accidents or incedents such as "spin-outs or crashes involving multiple commercial vehicles!

  40. Me being a truck driver this is so not true we aren't the ones that "start" the rage most accidents begin when some teen driver thinks that they can pull in front of you 25ft ahead thinking that we can stop a big semi truck as fast as they can on their honda accord most of the accidents occur because cars dont know how big trucks operate it's always females or people with no common sense, never get in front a big truck and dont brake check them either

  41. Politicians don't give a sh!t. Can't afford to supply too many people. So whatever is unsafe is good for them. Fbck them including trump here in America

  42. big trucking companies .the share holder is the most important thing . they treat drivers as disposable . they focus on recruiting not on driver retention

  43. your agenda of blaming everything on semi truck drivers failed. Most people know that most truck drivers are safer drivers than car drivers.

  44. When I got my class 1's my instructor/owner in Spruce Grove AB went well above what he was supposed to teach and he would call me so I can get extra hrs driving and that was also doing mountian driving without extra charges. Then after trying to find a driving job was almost impossible because of what they wanted for experience despite having over 20yr driving experience from 27 of military service.

  45. Some may already be doing it but I wonder how many trucking companies have dash cam in their fleet of trucks.It could be pricey but if it saves a company from a huge lawsuit it would be worth it.

  46. These are the U.S.A requirements
    1.Obtain a CDL
    2.Attend a truck driving school
    3.Clean driving history & Solid work history
    4.Be at least 21 years old
    5.Pass a drug & Alcohol Test & Undergo a physical

  47. Remember that trucks can't stop on a dime. If the truck is keeping too much space between the car infront, the car behind will get mad, but the car will also get mad if they are following too close and hit the vehicle infont. As you can see, I feel bad for truck drivers because they are in a lose-lose situation

  48. The gouvernment won't put laws on this because the heavy recovery industry is massive, which means the gouvernment will take in sales tax.

  49. 16 hours to get a truck lisence?? In Australia you need 1pp hours just to get from your L PLATES ( learner, requires other person in car) to P plates (provisional, you can drive by yourself but still limits on drinking, driving at night and other things…) for a CAR.

  50. How is suing the driver going to get mandatory licensing? He was a new driver, if he was negligent that's one thing but their saying he was under trained. Hell, why is he suing the driving school if its a matter of regulation. He should be suing the government if he wants to change the law. I am sure the man i8s absolutely crushed by his great loose but, suing the driver and school to change the law makes no sense and is getting compensation for compensations sake.

  51. I have been in a couple minor collisions. Those were scary enough, so I can imagine that it must be terrifying to have a whole truck hit your car.

  52. I hate to say it but more training is only part of the solution.it's all money.consumers do not want to pay much for the product.employer cannot make much and cannot pay the driver much.the pay should be salary.these guys are driving like maniac thru construction zones,doing 120 on 80.most of the remove governors.i'm always getting passed by them like nothing

  53. I went to maximum training in Saskatoon and I had 2 hours on a simulator before actually getting behind the wheel… Then did pre trips in air training before going down the road.. Wayne (the old guy in the video) was very thorough with the group that trained with me. 10 days of schooling I passed my road test the first try…

  54. In America, we are not safe thanks to the main stream media bought and paid for by the sellouts for a one world government who hates truth or at least goes along for a damn job = sellouts.

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