April 10, 2018 – Regina, SK.

The Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) today issued a statement regarding the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The STA is the voice for truck transport in Saskatchewan.

“Our board, members and staff send our sincerest condolences to the victims, families and friends of those affected by this tragedy,” says STA Executive Director Susan Ewart.

“We don’t have any information beyond what has been shared by the RCMP so we will not speculate on the collision. It is of utmost importance that law enforcement professionals are given the time and space to do their work and determine the cause of the collision,” says Ewart.

“This strikes home for all of us who work in the trucking industry. Our children play hockey and travel on buses and our members travel on all of our Saskatchewan roads,” said STA Board Chair Reg Quiring.

“The STA understands that it could be weeks before all details of the tragedy are public. Until that information is available to the public, the STA will not comment on what this crash may mean for the future of rules and regulations in the trucking industry,” says Ewart.

“However, I can say that we support recent comments by SGI and the Canadian Trucking Alliance that more can be done to standardize and beef up training for drivers across Canada. This is a stance we have been advocating for many years,” says Ewart.

Representing the Saskatchewan trucking industry since 1937, the STA is comprised of of Saskatchewan trucking companies.

“Our members live on our roads so safety has always been the STA’s main focus,” says Ewart.

“The work we have done on behalf of our members, with both SGI and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, is based on the idea that all roads lead back to safety from technology on trucks to training requirements and all issues that fall in between.”

“Our focus is on promoting and ensuring the highest level of safety on our roads.”

For more information contact:

Nicole Sinclair

Director of Policy and Communications

nsinclair@sasktrucking.com

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