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Why some newly licensed truckers aren't ready for the road

Oct 14, 2018 at 06:53 AM CST

Tractor-trailers can measure up to 23 metres long, carry 30-tonne loads and barrel down the highway at high speeds, but in some provinces you need more training to give a haircut than to haul freight.

A hidden-camera investigation by CBC's Marketplace reveals how Canada's patchwork training and testing system leaves some new truck drivers ill-prepared to operate big rigs — the giants of the road that are involved in about 20 per cent of deadly crashes in this country.