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KAP Welcomes MELT Deferral Extension For Class 1 Ag Drivers

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) has issued the following statement concerning mandatory entry-level training (MELT):
On June 26, the provincial government approved a six-month extension of the deferral of mandatory entry-level training (MELT) for Class 1 truck drivers in the agriculture sector, due to the impacts of COVID-19 on driver’s testing and to allow for completion of the requirements after harvest season.
This means that Class 1 drivers in the agricultural sector now have until March 1, 2021 to complete MELT training.
Drivers who want to upgrade this conditional licence to a full Class 1 licence can do so by completing the MELT course and do not require an additional road test.
After March 1, 2021, existing conditional licences revert to Class 1A (authorized instruction), and these drivers can receive a full Class 1 licence by completing MELT and do not need to re-test.
KAP has lobbied for this extension over the last number of weeks due to concerns raised by our members, and we are pleased to see that the government has recognized the concerns we have raised.
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