Egg Farmers of Alberta has recently learned of new trucking regulations that are set to come into effect on March 1, 2019 and may impact farmers that use semi-tractor trailers to transport birds. This information is provided to bring awareness and help you prepare for the changes.\
•Public scrutiny has been at the forefront for increased trucking regulation, namely stricter testing and training. These provincial changes are significant and meaningful changes to the province’s qualifications and training of drivers of large
vehicles on our highways, how they deal with the examinations of drivers for licensing, and how they regulate the trucking industry itself.
•Starting March 1, all new drivers in Alberta seeking their Class 1 (semi-tractor trailer) and 2 (commercial bus) licenses will have to take a mandatory entry level training course called MELT (Mandatory Entry Level Training Program). The MELT program is a
government standardized curriculum consisting of a mandated number of training hours as outlined below:
•40.50 hours Classroom instruction
•15.50 hours of in-yard instruction
•57.00 hours of In-cab training
– Actual drive –39.00 hours
– Off-road maneuvers 18.00 hours
•8.5 hours of air brake testing
•Total training hours – 113.00 or 121.5 with air brake training
•Safety Fitness Certificates – Starting Jan. 1, companies will need full compliance
documentation when applying for a safety fitness certificate. Certificates will have to be renewed every three years. Previously, companies could get 60-day temporary safety certificates without having to prove compliance – temporary certificates are no longer available.
– Existing carriers with permanent Safety Fitness Certificates will be required to renew their Safety Fitness Certificate between 2019 and 2022. Alberta Transportation will mail reminder notices in 2019 to these carriers.
– In addition to completing a Safety Fitness Certificate application, new carriers will be required to complete the Pre-Entry Program for New National Safety Code Carriers which includes:
•Successful completion of the online Safety and Compliance course
•A passing mark (80%) in the Pre-Entry Knowledge Test administered by Alberta registry agencies
•Successful completion of the new carrier compliance review within 12 months of operation
•In the coming months, the privately-run licensing certification that is currently in place in Alberta will shift to a government-provided service.
•At this point in time, there are no exemptions to these regulations for farmers.
For more detailed information on the upcoming trucking regulations please visit EFA’s Producer Website under Healthy Birds – Transport or visit the Alberta Government Ministry of Transportation website at: www.alberta.ca/ministry-transportation.aspx