NEWS - Mandatory Entry Level Training for Commercial Drivers
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced that Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) will be required of applicants for a class 1 driver's licence commencing on October 18. 2021. B.C.’s program will exceed the minimum requirements set by the National Safety Code Standard for entry-level training of Class 1 drivers and will take at least 140 hours to complete.
The training curriculum consists of instruction in three learning environments:
- In‐class — refers to an educational setting including classroom, digital or blended instruction facilitated by an instructor, and if self‐directed, through a Learning Management System (LMS) as described below.
- In -yard (around the vehicle)— occurs around the vehicle when the vehicle is not moving other than small movements needed to complete a task in a safe location (e.g., vehicle inspection or chain up).
- In -cab (behind the wheel) activities include:
- off -road backing and coupling manoeuvres — These activities may occur in a yard or parking lot, or in a safe and legal location at the roadside.
- on-road driving along — The student is driving the vehicle on streets and highways. This includes short instructor driving demonstrations, where needed.