Safer Roads Canada is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving Canada’s commercial licensing system and making our roads a safer place for everyone to travel. We are advocating in conjunction with the trucking industry to:
- Regulate the commercial driver licensing process to be considered a nation-wide skilled trade of professional drivers;
- Modify the National Occupational Classification Code to give individuals the opportunity to qualify for funding, such as student loans, grants and bursaries, to support their training;
- Develop and implement a common nation-wide mandatory entry-level training curriculum and a graduated licensing system for commercial licence candidates; and
- Require licensing bodies to collect and store information on the training provider and duration of training to be associated with the record of each commercial driver for added accountability.
- Along with updated regulations, we support the need for more effective enforcement, and stiffer penalties to deter high-risk drivers and carriers who endanger the safety of everyone on our roads.
These changes are supported by many in the commercial trucking industry, which, for nearly 20 years, has been expressing concerns to various governments about the lack of training some drivers receive and the need for more industry regulations to ensure companies are operating safely.
Our mission is to advocate for more effective commercial driving regulations and enforcement, a nation-wide graduated commercial licensing system, and educating all drivers on how to share the road with large vehicles to make our roads safer.
Our vision is to make our roads a safer place for everyone to travel and see the number of crashes involving large commercial vehicles drop significantly, so that more people get home safely.