CBC MARKETPLACE - Commercial Driver Licensing
CBC's Marketplace has produced a program on commercial driver licensing in Canada. Their driver earned his commercial driver's licence in Saskatchewan and then failed the test for the same licence category in Ontario. At issue is the varying level of skill necessary to obtain a commercial driver's licence across the provinces.
The Marketplace Blog supplements the program with an article about fatal truck crashes in Canada that includes a map. The only issue with the map is that it does not explain the reason for the crash. My policing experience (now out of date) is that the majority of heavy vehicle collisions that do not involve only the commercial vehicle itself were caused by the light vehicle driver.
Professional drivers, according to Pro Trucker Magazine, have been lobbying government for a long time to make commercial driving a trade with comprehensive education and experience required in order to qualify. The provincial governments have not appeared receptive to the concept so far.