CONCORD, Ont. — The Ontario College of Trades will be ramping up enforcement, to ensure that the province’s coach and truck technicians are properly trained and qualified.
That was the warning issued by the Ontario Trucking Association’s Rolf VanderZwaag, when speaking at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminar this week.
Enforcement officers representing the College of Trades have done 7,084 field inspections to date, but they’ve been focusing on education, VanderZwaag said. That could soon change.
“Right now they’re coming in the front door. Soon they’ll be coming in the back door and they won’t be announcing themselves and they will be asking for qualifications from your people, to be working in your shops,” VanderZwaag warned.
Among the things they’ll be looking for are technicians guilty of professional misconduct, for doing things such as issuing PMVI stickers without conducting a proper inspection.
“In the past, if an improper safety was done in your shop, you risked losing your inspection station licence,” VanderZwaag said. “Today, the mechanic also risks losing his licence. It’s very important you come to an understanding with your mechanics what the requirements are of these annual safety inspections.”
As of June 1, there were 30,969 truck and coach technicians registered by the College of Trades in Ontario. The average age of technicians is 52 years, while apprentices average 30 years of age. There are currently 3,200 truck and coach apprentices in the province.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies