The whole issue points out the lack of driver experience, something which farmers have a lot of. I can't speak from knowledge, but it stands without reason that if you hire an immigrant who drove a bicycle (a mo-ped) in his own country, you may just have a problem with giving him a semi license after 6 months in the country without a regular license. It would be like me going to Australia, having a Class 1 and starting a new job driving on the other side of the road. That is a danger zone.
By hearsay, one driver mentioned that these guys are trained by their own in their own schools. You pile 5 guys in the sleeper and passenger seat and by observation they are granted a Class 1. The guy that mentioned this has driven most of his working life in semis. He has a lot of driver experience and also mentioned that he was involved in an accident where the other driver of a light vehicle clearly committed suicide by driving into his path. Political correctness never corrects real issues. How many commercial jetliners have gone down due to pilot suicide and not pilot error? How many were "suicide bombers"? No one wants to talk about it! MH370 (Indonesia) was a pilot suicide not an accident. EgyptAir just off the coast of Massachusetts was the same thing. GermanWings flight 9525 went straight into the mountain in the Alps.
I always maintained that although the Humboldt accident was very tragic - the number of casualties was greater due to the vehicle weight and had nothing to due with a Class 1 drivers ability. Simply, the man behind the wheel did not exercise due care and attention. In this situation, it was very unlikely that he had an ulterior motives. He blew the stop sign and it would have not mattered if the vehicle was 50 MT or 1 MT - only the gravity of the situation grew larger with vehicle weight.
I was driving with my farmer friend the other day and he has reclaimed a lot of semi tires, wheels and rims from pastures along the #1 Hi-way. Common sense is something that society seems to lack and inventing new rules to cover this is the nature of the game. He says if you look for skid marks on the hi-way, there is almost always a tire at the end of it, somewhere in someone's field! They usually are totally wrecked but they come in duals and tires damaged by the fence wire! The wheel bearings failed and eventually the axle busts off and the tire rolls off into the fields through the fence. Fortunately our hi-ways are not crowded and so far ,it will never be reported until an accident occurs where one of these projectiles kills another innocent driver. It could even by a bus of hockey players, making it even more tragic!
Inspection of vehicles, should involve looking at wheel bearings and their oil levels! Common sense as a farmer means you look to see if their are traces of oil on the rim - just like you do with any farm equipment - tattletale signs of problems. I watch Bison transport everyday hook and unhook double 53 trailers. Dropped off and picked up by the next driver - each on his own run. It would be interesting to see how many inspections are made or if you get in the habit of checking off boxes and signing your name. I am not saying that they are negligent, but everyone is guilty of this offense in one way or another (complacency!). Murphy's Law always proves this. The one time you don't do it, it happens. Finally paperwork gets so heavy that you just go through the motions! If this were not true, DOT would not be always finding problems during non-accident inspections when they stop trucks.
Most people avoid them at all costs and rightly so. If they find one loose gravel stone on a frame, that is unsecured cargo and you will pay the price. Log books kept incorrectly another. Most people keep these on cellphones nowadays. What I can say is that they are made to edit. So much red tape that willful and un-willful errors due occur - making it farcical and a game!
As someone pointed out, everyday each one of us commits an indictable offense by law. Could you imagine a coming day when stepping into a vehicle you are tracked by GPS and satellite to see if you traveled at 101 km/h in a posted 100 km/h zone or you decided to pass someone at 110 km/h in a similar zone to avoid an accident? You receive the infraction, like by photo radar, into your mailbox. Better yet, the process i could be automated to remove this fine from your bank account without even a paper trail!