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

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Trucks are are involved in about 20 per cent of deadly crashes in Canada but there are still no national standards for truck driver training. We hire someone who gets his driving licence in Saskatchewan, but watch what happens when he takes a similar test in Ontario where truck driver training is mandatory and tougher. »»» Subscribe to CBC News to watch more videos: http://bit.ly/1RreYWS Connect with CBC News Online: For breaking news, video, audio and in-depth coverage: http://bit.ly/1Z0m6iX Find CBC News on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1WjG36m Follow CBC News on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1sA5P9H For breaking news on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1WjDyks Follow CBC News on Instagram: http://bit.ly/1Z0iE7O Download the CBC News app for iOS: http://apple.co/25mpsUz Download the CBC News app for Android: http://bit.ly/1XxuozZ »»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»»» For more than 75 years, CBC News has been the source Canadians turn to, to keep them informed about their communities, their country and their world. Through regional and national programming on multiple platforms, including CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio, CBCNews.ca, mobile and on-demand, CBC News and its internationally recognized team of award-winning journalists deliver the breaking stories, the issues, the analyses and the personalities that matter to Canadians.
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Jamie Wright (25 days ago)
That is scary
Jaymate (27 days ago)
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.
Shawn Macias (1 month ago)
The gouvernment won't put laws on this because the heavy recovery industry is massive, which means the gouvernment will take in sales tax.
Shawn Macias (1 month ago)
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
Keenan Rayne (1 month ago)
I trust semi truck drivers far more than car or pick up drivers
only257 (1 month ago)
interesting glad i live in the us
Zack Michtels (2 months ago)
These people dont know jackshit about trucking
Maya Castro (2 months ago)
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
Maya Castro (2 months ago)
Truck training should be mandatory worldwide
Mr. Groovy 2 Shoes (2 months ago)
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.
Clint Eastman (2 months ago)
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.
charleen hopkins (2 months ago)
yeah they can go through on red lights at cross walks too
mitmaks (2 months ago)
your agenda of blaming everything on semi truck drivers failed. Most people know that most truck drivers are safer drivers than car drivers.
Vasay Nobody (3 months ago)
“We lost our son, my daughter’s brother” let that sink in.
Eber Rodriguez (3 months ago)
dick ramage (3 months ago)
big trucking companies .the share holder is the most important thing . they treat drivers as disposable . they focus on recruiting not on driver retention
kənhæmut kənhæmut (3 months ago)
16 hours isn't that small
Nosivo N (3 months ago)
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
Jim NORRIS (3 months ago)
You don't learn enough from a Trucking School. When i started in 1979.it was 3 mths with a Trainer.then a 1 yr as a Team.before I was went solo. companies like swift put a new Driver out solo in 6 weeks.you have theses new drivers that think they know it all.after 25 yr OTR I still dont know it all. Driving truck is one thing but OPERATING A TRUCK IS DIFFERENT. You have different traffic.winter driving,an Mountains,
WhiskeyShotsV8 (3 months ago)
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
ctd0007 (3 months ago)
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 (2017\2018 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 2017\2018 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!
aidoist (3 months ago)
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
tiredmummy (3 months ago)
Here in the UK you have to have a HGV (heavy goods vehicle) licence.
The Moto fixery (3 months ago)
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!
Drogo Baggins (3 months ago)
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.
Sascha Euler (3 months ago)
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 .
Gail Owen (3 months ago)
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.
Brian Sokoloski (3 months ago)
Just be smart and Drive Safe across Canada 24/7/365
Bob Forrest (3 months ago)
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
-MR.- -BACON- (3 months ago)
What kind of semi hit her husband?
mack cummy (3 months ago)
Target the East Indian ones.
Maran L (3 months ago)
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!!!
madexpress express (3 months ago)
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
benoit girard (3 months ago)
Public school in Québec Province is 5 months of training...
jamesgjt (3 months ago)
SUV are worse....
Világjáró (3 months ago)
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 :))
60 Years ago (3 months ago)
Am I safe at home??????
nevets (3 months ago)
Just because you have a truck license doesn't make you a "professional driver". lol
Jake Lewis (3 months ago)
Who doesnt love getting hit head on with 700,000 newtons of force
august (3 months ago)
Here in Ct, U.S.A. I went for 6 weeks, 10 hrs a day, then had to pass a pre-trip, backing maneuvers and road test.
RFI-Crypto Lab (3 months ago)
2018 Trucking Safety Award Winners: Joe-Eddy Rattler Dernell "Highway Winder" Peterson Butch "Straight One Eight" Tyson CB Mahoney Jenkins Tennessee "TJ" Booker
Dave Ed (3 months ago)
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.
nastasha nastasha (4 months ago)
I thought he did pretty goof for the training he got
Mark Heitzman (4 months ago)
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
Nick Gill (4 months ago)
CBC logic: lets reverse the causation and blame truck drivers that are far more qualified than an average car driver.
DreamTheory (4 months ago)
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.
blackericdenice (4 months ago)
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.
dwight pruitt (4 months ago)
saskatuon is that neer elpaso
Aaron Peavler/Geomodelrailroader Railroad Photography (4 months ago)
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.
Daniel Ford (4 months ago)
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
Jordan See (4 months ago)
Age doesn’t matter its how careless drivers are , I got my cdl at 21 and thank god I’m doing well
L Faker son (4 months ago)
Fix the bad drivers in cars then fix the trucks
Bushmane Ent. (4 months ago)
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.
Hunter Mooneyham (4 months ago)
I almost got hit when a semi truck came into my line
brettzke (4 months ago)
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.
hbarudi (4 months ago)
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.
Spikke (4 months ago)
in sweden truck training requires atleast 140 hours if you're over 21 and 280 if you're under 21.
Highball 734 (4 months ago)
Training not mandatory for an 80,000 lb truck?!?!? We figured that out a long time ago in the U.S.
Joshua79C C (4 months ago)
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.
Deon Denis (4 months ago)
14:48 the dinged up street sign says "DING" what a unfortunate coincidence.
John Justjohn (4 months ago)
Come on guys...he wasnt that bad at all..
Sameer Desai (4 months ago)
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
Gana Ramesh (4 months ago)
Do the same test for “Are you safe in the Pacific Mall parking lot”
john doe (4 months ago)
it is not only Canada, same problem in the US as well.
Tended Olive (4 months ago)
A bit unfair. This is the fault of law makers...not driving schools
warf 1955 (4 months ago)
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.
warf 1955 (4 months ago)
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.
warf 1955 (4 months ago)
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.
warf 1955 (4 months ago)
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.
Owen Cameron (4 months ago)
1:39 You need to go under cover *changes shirt* Alright you are good to go
undercoverboss2020 (4 months ago)
How about it Dave from Smart Trucking, any comments? C,mon.
Only in 'America' (4 months ago)
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.
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Charles Symicek (4 months ago)
Did they say what the driver did to cause the accident?
Charles Symicek (4 months ago)
Dash cam for everybody. Rear cam too
robin hood (4 months ago)
Of course are pols will fudge whatever they can to mitigate tougher truck driving rules
john Blade (4 months ago)
Anyone else notice that the farmer at 4.58 has his rear tyres/ wheels on his tractor the wrong way round?
Financial Matter (4 months ago)
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.
powe300 (4 months ago)
FMCSA found 85% of accidents that involved cmv and car, the car was at fault.
Five Dee (4 months ago)
So I'm wondering if ppl think Tesla's self-driving trucks would be safer after watching this? Hmmm.
Andreas Frind (4 months ago)
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
Gas man Gas man (4 months ago)
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.
Andrey X (4 months ago)
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.
usdpaulp (4 months ago)
Cars cause most of the accidents involving big rigs.
Chase Harnack (4 months ago)
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.
Fukai Kokoro (4 months ago)
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.
mrmsteck (4 months ago)
Also training for auto drivers should include how to drive in the vicinity of oversized vehicles
SEMIretired (4 months ago)
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.
Peter Fredrickson (4 months ago)
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
illuminati (4 months ago)
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)
George Travers (4 months ago)
And these 16 hour Canadian drivers come into the US? Something is going to hit the fan.
Howard Kerr (4 months ago)
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.
R. G. (4 months ago)
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...
NC Styles (4 months ago)
They should’ve talk to Robert and cams to Prime Inc. A real certified school.
Drewski intergalactic (4 months ago)
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
ecylla88 (4 months ago)
@cbcnews please close the comments on this video. The racism shown here is disgusting!
Lakshay Punj (4 months ago)
Counting days till Volvo and Tesla mass produce big-rigs so most accidents are reduced thanks to modern tech. Also, no emissions
Josh McCarthy (4 months ago)
16 hours? If you play by the rules in the US it takes longer than that to get a car dl.
Alisia Lopez (4 months ago)
I wonder if this is similar in the US??
mmiller21157 (4 months ago)
Govt regulation isn't necessary. Insurance providers could easily solve this issue through strict requirements trucking companies must meet in order to be eligible and remain covered. Properly trained drivers will be less likely to have an accident, which would of course save money for the insurance providers.