Any UK truckers here that moved to Canada?

Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by 00Gambit, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. 00Gambit

    00Gambit Bobtail Member

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    I'm trying to do all the research I can and while there's a lot of general information out there, it's proven so far to be quite difficult to have a chat with Brits who've actually done it and can give first hand experience. The two guys I have spoken to moved to Canada over 20 years ago so a lot has changed since then.

    As for the type of work I want to do, I really want to do flatbed work delivering all over Canada and into America too and I'll haul anything from lumber to steel to glass, whatever I'm asked to haul I'll do it no problem. Tarping in -30 degree weather is probably going to suck but if thousands of Canadians can do it, then it can't be that bad.

    One thing I really don't want to do is local, however for my first job I'm prepared to accept pretty much whatever job I'm given, as long as it's fair pay and long haul. Hopefully if all goes to plan I hope to fly to Canada and get my CDL within the next 12 months or so.
     
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  3. dunchues

    dunchues Medium Load Member

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    You've thought ahead more than many at least. As I said I only know the maritimes. Here most flat deck outfits want experience ( and they mean over here) but there are exceptions. You can be sure the only jobs you'll be eligible for will be cross border, you're ok for US right?
    Personally, I hadn't researched as much, and I lucked into a van company going everywhere ( and west coast from Nova Scotia is a long way) so as I said, it's been great for me, I'd been to 47 states and all provinces except NL in my first 7 months. ( took me another 7 years to get the missing two!) which was what I'd wanted.
    90% of local firms recruiting then were fridge outfits doing a maritimes/ northeast/toronto area/maritimes triangle home weekly. If I'd landed in one of those I'd have been gone with my bubble burst inside a year.
    Having said that, to a family man or someone who likes a weekly break maybe that work really suits, different strokes eh.
     
  4. Tibs pete

    Tibs pete Bobtail Member

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    I've met a lot of brits and germans over here driving in canada. I think darn near every guy would welcome you or a german guy here, you guys are at least curtious and willing to learn.
    Most companies will not force you to run the mountians if you dont want to, mostly out of liability if you make a mistake. I only ran the mountains for the first time this year and ive been driving for 8 years.
    Any of the prairie provinces would be a good place to move to, manitoba will have the cheapest living costs tho as theres not much for jobs there, saskatchewan and alberta have high living costs because of the high economy. I live near saskatoon in saskatchewan and just renting a small place will run you $1000/month usually so keep that in mind. Another thing to think about is you'll need a personal vehicle, cheap used vehicles are readily available but theres a catch. Alberta and Manitoba require vehicle inspections when a vehicles registered with a new person, saskatchewan doesnt.

    But you seem like a go gett'r so to speak i think you'd do just fine here, when ever you get here... welcome!
     
  5. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Alberta only requires vehicle inspections if the last registration was out of province.
     
  6. 00Gambit

    00Gambit Bobtail Member

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    Yeah, cross boarder is actually what I want to do. Ideally I'd love to haul all across Canada and Northern united states. I'm perfectly happy to be on the road for weeks at a time because unlike European trucks, North America trucks have significantly larger sleepers, room for a TV, small fridge and truck stops like pilot flying J, loves, petro pass etc..

    If you ever saw a truck stop in the UK you'd cry, they're literally like public bathrooms, and I know some truck stops in North America can be a bit nasty too but it's still no comparison to the UK.

    I guess in my mind I'd like to be on the road driving for about 25 days a month, so 5 - 6 days rest per month would be perfect
     
  7. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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  8. rzl-dzl

    rzl-dzl Medium Load Member

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    what?
     
  9. rzl-dzl

    rzl-dzl Medium Load Member

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    co worker bought a pu in alberta, tried to insure it

    wouldnt allow him cuz all the wheel wells were rusted out

    so he sawzalled all the rust out...so now effectively the wheel wells fit HUGE tires

    boom, insured.
     
  10. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    As far as I know, if you're an Albertan buying a used vehicle to be driven in Alberta, the insurance companies will require a one-time safety inspection depending on the vehicle's age. Last I checked with my insurance company they stated anything older than 15 years they want an inspection before they'd insure it. I've heard some want it done on 10 year old vehicles.
     
  11. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Some insurers, but not all. In the last three years I've bought three used vehicles, all previously AB registered; one 1984 and two 2006. None required inspections by either the province or my insurer.

    All vehicles last registered in another jurisdiction or declared salvage by an insurance company must undergo an inspection after repairs are completed and before they can be re-registered.

    - Buying a used vehicle – Overview
     
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