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New Brunswick to implement MELT for new drivers on April 1 – Truck News

Transport truck drivers in New Brunswick who are seeking a Class 1 licence will be required to take an approved training program, known as mandatory entry-level training (MELT), effective April 1.

“Mandatory training will ensure new commercial truck drivers possess the basic knowledge and driving skills to help improve highway safety for all New Brunswickers,” Kris Austin, public safety minister, said in a news release.

The initiative adopts training standards consistent with the National Safety Code, ensuring truckers in New Brunswick receive the same instruction as those in other Canadian jurisdictions. New Brunswick will become the eighth province or territory to implement MELT.

(File photo: John G. Smith)

The requirement will be grandfathered in, meaning current Class 1 licence holders will not be required to take the training.

This Canada-wide initiative adopts the training standards consistent with the National Safety Code which will ensure transport truck drivers in New Brunswick receive the same instruction as in other Canadian jurisdictions.

112 hours of standardized training

The training will include at least 112 hours of standardized training that covers the essential knowledge and skills needed to safely operate a large truck on New Brunswick’s roads.

MELT will include classroom, in-yard, and standardized practical training as well as an air brake component. Training programs which meet the new requirements and have approved curriculum, are available at several institutions across New Brunswick.


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