HAMILTON, Ont. — The Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC) of Canada has partnered with the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) to help member fleets find well-trained drivers.
The PMTC says its member fleets are beginning to suffer from the lack of qualified drivers, much like for-hire carriers have for years. The association plans to use the TTSAO as a conduit for member carriers to hiring TTSAO-certified drivers. The two organizations also plan to work together on other initiatives through this strategic partnership, they announced.
“It is an exciting time at TTSAO and we are very pleased that the PMTC sees value in working together on the many issues we are challenged with in our industry,” said Yvette Lagrois, president of the TTSAO. “Carrier members of PMTC will find that the TTSAO schools produce an excellent entry-level driver that will fit in nicely with the private sector. It is our goal to work with associations like PMTC and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) on key industry initiatives.”
“The PMTC and its fleets recognize that we are starting to feel the effects of a qualified driver shortage that we have traditionally been insulated from,” added PMTC president Mike Millian. “Our Fleets are going to have to start accessing qualified drivers at the entry level, and we want to ensure that the entry-level drivers that we have access to are trained to a high quality entry level standard, and are the best the industry has to offer. We recognize that TTSAO and its member schools train their students to a minimum standard, and in many cases beyond.”
The PMTC also supports TTSAO’s position on mandatory entry-level training for commercial drivers in Ontario.
TTSAO continues to work with the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on that front and is working with Serco (DriveTest) to improve on how commercial road tests are delivered.