Coming Home Alive has come about from listening to friends, family and reading so many posts from a wide diversity of drivers on Canadian roads. The knowledge, skills and licensing has to change.
Over the past decade, more and more people know less and less about commercial vehicles and what they are able to do and not do. Personal vehicle operators often take very risky and deadly chances with poor information or bad judgement. It is not that it is done deliberately all the time, it's that the personal vehicle operators have not been trained about commercial vehicles. This is where the journey begins to make the roads safer for everyone.
An other area of safety that needs to be addressed is recreational vehicle operators. The majority drive small vehicles for 350 plus days a year, then gets into a 48 foot motor home and then adds a trailer or two for boats and spare vehicle. That can be the same size or longer than a tractor trailer unit. Commercial drivers have to take a course and road test to get their Class 1, 2, or 3. Passenger vehicles need to have courses and testing before getting their class 7 and 5. Motorcycles need to take a course to get their class 4. Yet someone roaming around the major highways with units as big as commercial vehicles does not. That has to change. There are too many accidents involving recreational vehicles that happen each year and too many lives are lost or changed forever.
Right now CHA is just starting the process to get two initiatives worked on for Canada. One is making recreational vehicle drivers including 5th wheel and pull trailers have to have a training course and separate license, not unlike motorbikes and CDL.
The other initiative CHA is working on is changing the training and knowledge base for passenger vehicles so they are WELL informed about driving in and around commercial vehicles.
In the past year we have lost too many drivers because of lack of skill and knowledge. This has to stop!
PHASE ONE: Getting support and information gathered from across Canada.
PHASE TWO: Applying for petitions to either the Federal Government for recreational vehicles or Provincial Government for passenger vehicles.
PHASE THREE: Putting the training packages together and offering the training programs.
PHASE FOUR: Continuing education and safety courses along with other future initiatives.
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