Professional Driver's Handbook


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Endorsements

Air brakes A

If you operate a vehicle equipped with an air brake system, you must have the air brake Endorsement A specified on your licence. An air brake endorsement is not required when operating a Class 3 or 5 vehicle licensed as a farm truck.

Operation of trucks with air over hydraulic (hydraulic brakes with an assist) does not require an Endorsement A.

Requirements for A Endorsement:

  • Must pass a written air brake test. Consult the SGI Air Brake Manual for more information.
  • Must demonstrate how to adjust a manual slack adjuster on a brake model and tell the examiner the right way to adjust an automatic slack adjuster.
  • Must complete a practical demonstration on air brake equipment that you provide.

If your licence does not bear the Endorsement A, you may operate a motor vehicle equipped with air brakes as a learner while accompanied by a person whose licence has the Endorsement A, provided your licence permits you to operate that type of vehicle under normal conditions.

G Endorsement - Heavy trailer

Some travel and utility trailers have increased in size to a point where they qualify as Class 1 units. To pull a heavy trailer (utility and recreation) weighing more than 4,600 kg (10,000 lb.), including the load, you need a Class 1 licence or a heavy trailer G endorsement on a Class 2, 3, 4 or 5 licence. The heavy trailer G endorsement allows you to drive two-axle trucks towing heavy trailers (but not power units).

The 4,600 kg weight point is determined by weighing the trailer and its contents, and not the tow vehicle. For example, if a driver is pulling two trailers, a camper and a boat, the combined weight of both together will determine the class of licence required.

Requirements for G Endorsement - Heavy trailer

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and not a novice driver.
  • Must meet approved medical standards (see page 15).
  • Must meet approved vision standards.
  • Must pass written heavy trailer tests. Study materials include Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook and chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 9 from this book.
  • Must complete a circle check.
  • Must pass a road test in a truck towing a trailer weighing 4,600 kg (10,000 lb.).

Drivers who wish to drive only when accompanied by a driver with a Class 1 licence or a heavy trailer G Endorsement may obtain heavy trailer learner’s privileges by completing only the medical and written portions of the testing. If you want to obtain learner’s privileges for all Class 1 vehicles, you would need to pass all seven written tests and not just the ones for heavy trailer.

Note: There are other G Endorsements that indicate additional driving privileges, which will be shown on a detail authority card.

School bus S

If you hold a valid Class 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 licence, upon application you may have your licence endorsed to operate a school bus.

Requirements for S Endorsement:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and not a novice driver.
  • Must meet approved medical standards (see Class 1-4 medical standards).
  • Must pass written school bus tests. Study materials include the Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook and this handbook (chapters 2, 4, 7 and 8).
  • Must meet approved vision standards.
  • Must complete a circle check vehicle inspection (see Vehicle condition - Circle check).
  • Must pass a road test in the appropriate size of school bus; unrestricted, at least 36 student passengers or restricted, fewer than 36 student passengers. Buses with six rows of seats will be considered as 36 passenger even if the rear seats are smaller.

If you take a road test in a school bus equipped with an automatic transmission, you may be restricted to driving school buses with automatic transmissions. You must provide the appropriate size of bus for the test.

Note: Student passengers - means three passengers to a seat on a school bus.

Learners 1, 2, 3, 4

A Class 2, 3, 4 or 5 licence may be endorsed to allow you to learn to operate any higher class of vehicle.

Requirements for 1, 2, 3, and 4 Endorsement:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and not a novice driver.
  • Must pass appropriate written tests. Study materials include the Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook and this handbook.
  • Must meet approved vision standards.
  • Must meet approved medical standards (see Class 1-4 medical standards).
  • Must be accompanied by a driver who holds and has held a valid licence for that class of vehicle for 365 days within the last three years.

Class 1 Driver Training

To reduce risk and improve safety on Saskatchewan roads, SGI encourages anyone considering a Class 1 licence to complete the Class 1 driver training from an SGI certified training school. Because tractor trailers are so large, and may also carry oversized and heavy loads, collisions can result in serious injury or death, along with major property damage. There is a movement both in Canada and the USA towards mandatory training for Class 1 drivers. The United States is implementing mandatory Class 1 training across the country and in Canada, Ontario's Mandatory Entry-Level Training Program for commercial drivers was implemented on July 1, 2017. A Saskatchewan driver with less than 24 months Class 1 driving experience, who moves to Ontario, will be issued a lower class licence and will be required to complete Ontario's mandatory entry-level training requirements before receiving a full Class 1 equivalent licence.

Find a list of certified driving instructors at www.sgi.sk.ca/onlineservices.

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Rev: 2017