Class 1 truck exemptions not permanent

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The Alberta government won’t permanently exempt farmers and their employees who recently got their Class 1 licence from mandatory entry-level training (MELT).

Those who had acquired their licence between Oct. 11, 2018 and Feb. 28, 2019 had been sent letters giving them an extension in taking the training if they maintained a clean driving record.

But after meeting with family members of those killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, Transport Minister Ric McIver said the exemption is not permanent and the so-called transition drivers will eventually have to be tested under MELT, which can require up to 113 hours of training and cost as much as $10,000.

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