CALEDONIA, Ont. - On the morning of Nov. 18, DriveTest driver examiners, led by United Steelworkers Union 9511 president Jim Young, protested at KRTS Transportation Specialists headquarters to oppose ...
SLOW ROLL: DriveTest management began providing road tests for some commercial drivers in November. Here, striking DriveTest workers picket as managers provide road tests at KRTS Transportation Specialists Nov. 18.
CALEDONIA, Ont. –On the morning of Nov. 18, DriveTest driver examiners, led by United Steelworkers Union 9511 president Jim Young, protested at KRTS Transportation Specialists headquarters to oppose DriveTest management conducting road tests on-site.
“This labour dispute needs to get fixed and fixed ASAP. I really feel for the taxpayers of Ontario. The Government of Ontario sold the farm when they contracted (DriveTest parent company) Serco for the delivery of road tests in Ontario,” said Kim Richardson, president of KRTS. The drivers being tested Nov. 18 were clients of KRTS and had been waiting for up to 12 weeks for tests. Examiners were not testing the general public.
“I’m extremely concerned that management performs these road tests. They are not qualified or have kept up their qualifications to properly deliver these tests,” said Young.
Richardson added: “Our clients have all been educated to the highest standard in North America; the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI). In my opinion, they were qualified for a profession in driving 13 weeks ago.”
It is estimated the strike has affected 300,000 people in the province. Our WebTV show, Transportation Matters, was on-site. You can watch the Nov. 26 episode on Trucknews.com.
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