Veterans in Alberta better able to find work as truckers

Alberta is joining other provinces in Canada in recognizing military driving training, making it easier for veterans to find work as commercial truckers.

Military personnel allowed to drive semi-tractors, large trucks, buses and limousines

Alberta has signed an agreement that allows military drivers to transfer their driving credentials to civilian life. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Alberta is joining other provinces in Canada in recognizing military driving training.

An agreement with the Department of National Defence will allow current and retired Canadian Forces members to drive commercial vehicles without additional testing.

Previously, veterans were unable to transfer their credentials when they left their military careers. 

"This will help veterans move into civilian life and increase economic stability for veterans and their families," said Alberta's Transportation Minister Brian Mason in a news release Sunday.

Veterans can now convert the DND 404 licence to Alberta driver's licence classes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, meaning applicants can drive semi-tractors, large trucks, buses and limousines.

The agreement will help the commercial trucking industry deal with a shortage of experienced and qualified drivers, said industry spokesman Dan Duckering.

The province said since signing the agreement in June, two retired and 47 active members of the Canadian Forces have applied.

Of those, more than two-thirds have transitioned to Alberta drivers licences.

Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador have already signed the agreement. 


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