The following email was sent to the Premier Gordon Campbell and other cabinet members (and cc’ed) to us by Randy A. Eckert the President of Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Statistics Canada, Transport Canada, Canadian Trucking Alliance, British Columbia Trucking Association, Ontario Trucking Association, Private Motor Truck Council, Teamsters Canada, Unique Personnel Services Inc. are all on the same page with the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) Report.
However, the influential party NOT on the same page as those listed above, Premier Campbell and the BC Liberals. The concern? That the BC Liberals are moving the trucking industry backwards by implementing drastic cuts on British Columbia’s Employment Insurance (EI) Training Benefits.
I am requesting that immediate action be taken on the drastic cut on British Columbia’s Employment Insurance (EI) Training Benefits.
AMBER Education Services Ltd. Website in BOLD letters reads.
Due to a recent update in the contract that Amber Education Services Ltd. holds with the Ministry of Housing and Social Development, the maximum tuition support is $4,000 per intervention or Return to Work Action Plan.
This is another blow to an already devastated Trucking Industry and the economy.
What do these cuts mean?
Drastic cut in training programs!
Training may be just enough to get a Class One (editor adds; that is a Driver’s License Class One that licenses a driver to drive virtually anything on our roads) student licensed! They would not be industry ready, costs escalating to employers’ and the general public.
Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) summary report state; Driver Quality is a Key Issue in driver turnover, and demand.
Additional training is needed for new entrants to the industry to improve their driving skills and performance on the job.
Almost 60% of the trucking industry’s employers say that today’s driver shortage is one of their top two concerns, up from the 50% who felt that way in 2002.
The driver shortage is widely described as a lack of “qualified” personnel.
Listed in the acknowledgments of Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council summary report is:
- Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
- Statistics Canada
- Transport Canada
- Canadian Trucking Alliance
- British Columbia Trucking Association
- Ontario Trucking Association
- Private Motor Truck Council
- Teamsters Canada
- Unique Personnel Services Inc.
BC Trucking Association (BCTA) states; The trucking industry is a major employer in its own right employing over 400,000 people directly and supporting several tens of thousands more. Current forecasts suggest the industry is facing a major shortage of qualified truck drivers and related occupations in the years ahead, making it an attractive place for existing and future workers looking for an interesting, well-paying and secure career.
Public safety being jeopardized; I have been qualified by The Supreme Court and Provincial Court of British Columbia as an expert witness and have also provided professional opinion reports to various agencies in regard to different traffic accidents. Operator/Driver error was a major contributing factor as a cause of these incidents.
Why is British Columbia going backwards compromising the economy and safety?
I am available to discuss the issue on the drastic cuts to British Columbia’s Employment Insurance (EI) Training Benefits. I am looking forward to an immediate response to this letter.
Randy A. Eckert
Saferway Driver Training School Ltd. 905 – B Esquimalt Rd. Victoria, BC, V9A 3M7
Editor’s note; there has been no word, as of yet, if the requested meeting has actually taken place as of yet. We will endeavour to keep our reader informed of any updates on this file. We will also be making our own inquiries to the government and the opposition New Democrats to see what more there is to this story.