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DriveTest Goes On Strike; Layoffs Possible

CALEDONIA, Ont. - KRTS Transportation Specialists could lay off 50-60% of its truck training division staff if the DriveTest strike is not resolved in two to three weeks, company president, Kim Richar...


CALEDONIA, Ont. –KRTS Transportation Specialists could lay off 50-60% of its truck training division staff if the DriveTest strike is not resolved in two to three weeks, company president, Kim Richardson said as Truck News went to press.

KRTS is one of Canada’s largest training facilities.

“We have heard the dissatisfaction of the DriveTest examiners first-hand since (UK-based business services firm) Serco took over the road testing in the province,” said Richardson.

Richarson noted that despite the economy’s attempts at a rebound, lack of driver training will impact trucking companies looking to hire entry-level drivers to move freight.

He also noted that students attending a Private Career College working towards an A/Z or D/Z licence “will remain on unemployment affecting every taxpayer in the country.”

“At the end of the day we have a very close working relationship with many of the DriveTest centres and their staff across the province. These are good people who need to be treated properly,” added Richardson.

The province of Ontario has postponed the expiration of existing A/Z licences while the strike is ongoing.


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