Saskatchewan farmers are getting a break from the new mandatory minimum training for commercial semi drivers.
Class 1 commercial licenses after March 15th will require a minimum of 121.5 hours of training.
However, those driving a semi for farming will only need to obtain an “F” endorsement on their existing driver’s licence but are restricted to operate within Saskatchewan.
APAS President Todd Lewis supports the new initiative, and said farmers support an effort to improve highway safety.
He said many farmers use commercial trucking services for long hauling of grain and other products because it is more cost effective than using their own semi-trailers.
The province said farm semi’s tend to travel less frequently, shorter distances and through less densely populated areas.