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ē Companies must have and be able
to provide proof that their drivers and
driver trainers meet and maintain the
requirements outlined in the Canadian
Trucking Allianceís Longer Combination
Vehicle Driverís and/or Instructorís
Manual.
ē The carrier is responsible for issuing
an annual LCV Driverís Certificate. The
Driverís Certificate is valid for 12 months
after the date of issue, and must be in
the possession of the driver at all times
when operating an LCV. Before issuing
an LCV Driverís Certificate, the carrier
must ensure that the driver meets the
following qualifications. The driver:
· holds a valid Class 1 driverís licence
or equivalent
· has passed a recognized air
brake course
· has a minimum of 24 months
or 150,000 kilometres of driving
experience with articulated vehicles
in the Class one category
· has passed a Professional Driver
Improvement Course (PDIC) within
the past 48 months
· has passed the Canadian Trucking
Allianceís Longer Combination Vehicles
Driver Training Course or equivalent
· has a driverís abstract that is dated
not more than one month prior
to the issue date of the Driverís
Certificate. It must show no drivingrelated
criminal code convictions in
the prior 36 months; no more than
two moving violations in the prior
12 months; and no more than three
moving violations in the prior 36
months. The date of conviction and
the current date are the dates used
to determine the time periods.

· has in the past 12 months been
instructed on all current regulations,
permit conditions and issues
covering the operation of LCVs.

SPEED LIMITS FOR LONG
COMBINATION VEHICLES


The maximum speed limit for drivers of
long combination vehicles shall not be
more than 100 km/h or the posted speed
limit, whichever is lower.

Driving skills and
manoeuvres

Following distance
between vehicles

Remember that the two-second rule is the
minimum following distance for passenger
vehicles and is accurate at any speed.
When operating a large vehicle, use the
four-second rule to determine a safe
following distance. Watch the vehicle
ahead pass a fixed object, like a telephone
post, and start to count one-thousandand-
one, one-thousand-and-two, and so
on. If you reach the object before counting
to one-thousand-and-four, you are
following too closely. You must slow down
to increase the distance between your
vehicle and the vehicle ahead.

Double and triple trailer units take
up more space than other commercial
vehicles. They are not only longer, but
also need more space because they
cannot turn or stop as quickly. Allow more
following distance. Make sure the gaps are
large enough before entering or crossing
traffic. Be certain you are clear at the sides
before changing lanes. When weather,

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