SGI is looking at ways to make obtaining a Class One license more rigourous.
Company President Kwei Quaye said at this point, there’s two ways for someone to get a license.
1) a driver could through a Saskatchewan truck training school.
2) the test could be challenged.
“The test involves a number of things,” says Quaye. “An assessment of your knowledge of the air brakes, an assessment of you doing second checks, there’s a written component.”
“There’s a test of your understanding of truck driving, and a road test as well.
Quaye does admit the process towards getting a class one license could be enhanced and starting last year, they embarked on a process to do so.
The process involved having nuanced and collaborative discussions with training schools and the Saskatchewan Trucking Association.
“Amongst the things we’ve spoken to the schools about is to put in a process where the likelihood of somebody going through this enhanced training program before coming to SGI to take the written test, the grid test and the road test becomes high,” he said.
Quaye says safety is SGI’s number one priorities and they’re always learning and finding new opportunities to make using the roads in the province safer.