Any UK truckers here that moved to Canada?

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

  1. Jerry B

    Jerry B Bobtail Member

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    Hi OL'SHUSQUATCH,
    Thanks for the reply. The winter driving was slow and steady! Coming through the National Parks in B.C. with snow and thick fog and having other trucks passing me on bends at night wasn't fun! Chaining up was a new experience. Kindersley/Seimens did a good job on Orientation and practical training for winter work. Kudos to their trainers. I go back to what I said in the previous post, get as knowledgeable as possible on regulations, best practice and seek out the experienced drivers who know the drill. We have grandchildren born here and we are settled now so we won't be going back to Britain. What driving stories do yo have?
     
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  3. Paddynotpatty

    Paddynotpatty Bobtail Member

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    Do you know anyone who has done their class 1 recently?what sort of money is it costing these days
     
  4. Jerry B

    Jerry B Bobtail Member

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    Hi Paddynotpatty,
    In Alberta the Mandatory Entry Level Training Program which takes about 120 hours cost's around $10,000 to complete. It varies a little between schools but give or take.
     
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  6. 00Gambit

    00Gambit Bobtail Member

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    Hi Jerry, thanks for your post. Sorry the reply is a bit late I didn't think this post was going to get many more replies.

    I know of some of the problems drivers face with waiting to get reloaded and being paid by the mile probably isn't as reassuring as being paid by the hour. However I don't just want to move to Canada to be an OTR trucker, I want to move there because I think the country is amazing.

    And who knows as the shortage of drivers increases, companies will eventually be forced to either pay better or treat their drivers better. There's one thing that's certain and that is as the population increases, freight demand will only grow and with so few drivers, companies will probably have to change the way they do business to bring in more truckers.

    I guess the key part is finding a decent employer. Either way I love driving a truck but I hate driving / living in the UK so I simply have to give it a shot.
     
  7. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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    Come to Saskatchewan and haul grain. The farmers are friendly to chat with. Occasionally even get invited in for a meal.
    The best part of driving here. Not much traffic.
    A few summers ago I drove down a gravel road. Over the course of the 18 mile drive I encountered a total of six on coming vehicles. I caught myself thinking "dang, this is a busy road".
     
  8. 00Gambit

    00Gambit Bobtail Member

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    I've not considered that but it's an option I guess. I'm mostly after long distance cross boarder stuff, does grain typically involve long distances? The only kind of work I really don't want to do is city local, ie driving around cities delivering.
     
  9. uncleal13

    uncleal13 Road Train Member

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    No, mostly regional. Generally within a three hour radius. But still don't get home until the weekend. Some companies go into USA with grain, but usually just the border states. So not much of a long haul.
     
  10. Jerry B

    Jerry B Bobtail Member

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  11. Jerry B

    Jerry B Bobtail Member

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    Hi Jerry, thanks for your post. Sorry the reply is a bit late I didn't think this post was going to get many more replies.

    I know of some of the problems drivers face with waiting to get reloaded and being paid by the mile probably isn't as reassuring as being paid by the hour. However I don't just want to move to Canada to be an OTR trucker, I want to move there because I think the country is amazing.

    And who knows as the shortage of drivers increases, companies will eventually be forced to either pay better or treat their drivers better. There's one thing that's certain and that is as the population increases, freight demand will only grow and with so few drivers, companies will probably have to change the way they do business to bring in more truckers.

    I guess the key part is finding a decent employer. Either way I love driving a truck but I hate driving / living in the UK so I simply have to give it a shot.
    I can honestly say moving to Western Canada was the best move we made.
    PM me and I can recount what I did
     
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