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Cites Humboldt crash: Alberta making driver training for new truckers mandatory

Last Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 5:22 am MST

Saskatchewan plans to hire a private consulting firm to do a safety assessment on the intersection north of Tisdale that killed 16 people earlier this month. People visit a memorial at the intersection of a fatal bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team last week near Tisdale, Sask., Saturday, April 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

CALGARY – Alberta is making driver training mandatory as early as next January for new commercial truckers.

Transportation Minister Brian Mason says the province had been working on improvements, but the horrific Humboldt Broncos bus crash was the impetus to get changes in place as soon as possible.

Sixteen people were killed in rural Saskatchewan in April when the Broncos team bus and a semi-truck owned by a Calgary-based shipper collided.

The truck driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, faces 29 criminal charges including 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death.

Right now, Ontario is the only province that requires mandatory training for new drivers.

Mason says other rules will be tightened and Alberta will no longer offer an effective 60-day grace period on safety fitness compliance for new commercial carriers.