CALLS FOR MANDATORY ENTRY-LEVEL TRAINING GROW LOUDER
December 10, 2013
The truck insurance industry and Ontario’s truck driver training schools have added their voices to the growing contingent of industry stakeholders who’d like to see mandatory training for entry-level drivers. Specifically,...
The truck insurance industry and Ontario’s truck driver training schools have added their voices to the growing contingent of industry stakeholders who’d like to see mandatory training for entry-level drivers. Specifically, Northbridge Insurance, The Guarantee Company of North America, Old Republic Insurance of Canada and Zurich Canada have all penned letters in support of an Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) position that would require entry-level commercial drivers to complete mandatory entry-level training. This, said OTA, would help truck driving achieve recognition as a skilled occupation. The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has also added its support to the movement.
“There appears to be some traction gaining in certain provinces. While that’s a good sign, there is still a very long road ahead and major hurdles persist, which is why the training and insurance industries joining OTA on this issue is an important step,” says OTA president David Bradley. “The good news is that at the very least a dialogue is now underway.”
I’ve written quite extensively of late about the need for a minimum training standard to be established for entry-level drivers. It seems there’s growing support for a new standard, but industry has been down this road before. Is there the political will at Queen’s Park to push it through? Stay tuned.
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