I did my test in Lloydminster about 3 years ago. While the written wasn't easy, if you spent time carefully reading the required material, it was quite comprehensive of the material.
The driven test too. So many ways to just end the exam and you go home. Drove thru city and I felt it tested extremely well my knowledge of driving, rules of the road, backing up, etc.
Pre trip also, very detailed and if you do all required takes 45 minutes minimum. Every step had a check box.
Some drivers require 3 or 4 attempts. I took additional driving only training with Lakeland college for a few hours to ensure I also never picked up bad habits.
Given all that, and the professionalism and knowledge of the driving tester guy, I can't see how anyone without showing required skills would ever get their license.
Also, companies make good money by having you come back again so there is that incentive.
Can drivers 'slip' thru? Or is every driver required to be as rigorously tested as I was from every testing facility? Because from my experience passing the test demonstrates plenty of skill and knowledge.
I would say yes, drivers can slip through.
I got my licesnse when I was 20, I had been hired on for a short part of a custom harvest run in the states to drive truck. Owners of the crew were friends of the family so they said they’d get me my class 1. I’d grown up driving trucks on the farm but had no formal training. Took my air brakes course, wrote my learners, went for a couple hauls with some other drivers on the crew, practiced in the yard then went to take the driver test a week later.
Wasn’t even let in the truck, I didn’t have a clue about the pre trip, was no where near thorough enough.
Two day later retook the test. I did study very hard in those two days, but that yellow light that was boarder line if I could have stopped for(I am pretty sure I couldn’t have) always made me wonder if I was getting that license no matter what. The owner of the crew seemed to know the tester fairly well...
I’m a decent trucker now, no super trucker by any means, but I didn’t have a clue when I started, just bad habits learned on the farm. Let me tell ya, that harvest run was trial by fire and I was pretty nervous the entire time. So stupid in retrospect.