This year one of my goals is to be able to take a load of grain to the elevator.
To me this represents being a tangible help to our farming operation. However, it also means that I have some serious learning to do. I have to learn how to drive our 10 speed Eaton transmission trucks OR I have to get my Class 1 licence. In the end, I actually hope to do both and to be able to drive all of the trucks on our farm.
In order to do that I need to meet the licensing requirements in Manitoba which means getting a Class 1 licence and Air Brake endorsement to drive our semi tractor and trailer. The process involves several steps:
Written test for Class 1 licence ($10)
Written test for Air Brakes ($10)
Medical, including vision check (MPI will do the vision screen at no cost)
Practice period, where you must be accompanied by a passenger with a current and valid Class 1 license (minimum two weeks)
Optional: Driver training school (not currently mandated; keep reading this week for more info on upcoming changes)
Road test (Class 1 and Air Brakes tests can be completed at the same time, if you do not previously hold the Air Brake endorsement) ($50)
I have completed my written tests and my medical, so I have my “new licence” which allows me to legally drive with a qualified passenger. Yah! Check back tomorrow to see what I have learned so far.