According to the Calgary Herald, a task force has spent two years and $500,000 developing a new curriculum for training schools aimed at reducing highway accidents involving big rigs. Its final report will go to the government next month.
However, the new rules may be stalled unless Alberta can convince other provinces to do the same thing, the paper reported.
"We would love to see [training schools] use [the new curriculum]," said Alberta Infrastructure spokeswoman Leanne Stangland. "But at this point, it's not going to be mandatory. We really want to look at it on a national level."
There are more than 26,000 truckers in Alberta, but only 10 percent of truckers have any formal training, the Herald said. Under current law, would-be truckers need only pass a driver's test for their Class 1 license to become a trucker.