Farm workers granted one year extension to complete new Class 1 requirements

By Charles Lefebvre
February 28, 2019 - 2:28pm

EDMONTON, AB — Mandatory entry level training is coming into effect this year for drivers seeking Class 1 or Class 2 drivers licences starting March 1

However, the provincial government has announced that farmers and farm workers will receive an extension on the application until March 1, 2020.

According to a release from the government, the extension is “to accommodate the demands of the 2019 farming season,” and avoid additional pressure on seeding and harvesting operations.

Eligible farm workers can apply for the extension between March 15 and November 30, and they need to identify themselves as farmers or farm workers. When the application is approved, the drivers will be able to take the existing test to receive their Class 1 licence, which must be obtained by November 30.

Those who successfully receive the licence and hope to retain it must complete the new training before March 1, 2020.

The training was put in place following the Humboldt Broncos crash last year.

More information about the training can be found here. 

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