Fleets need to have their own proper training programs

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Dear Editor,

As the population grew, the demand for commercial drivers to deliver food, clothes, furniture, the parts for manufacturing and their end products, waste disposal and public transit has expanded beyond the industry’s ability to produce the drivers to satisfy even the current demand.

The demand for drivers is now forcing companies to hire drivers with little or no experience. Truck training schools have also entered the price wars, with some advertising tractor-trailer courses for as low as $599.

The weakest link in the system is that most people have little or no training experience. HR and safety and compliance departments are being run by promoted receptionists who know very little about trucking. Truck training is being done by newly licensed drivers, company drivers on compensation, and truckers who are too burned-out to drive.

The transport industry has thousands of trucks sitting and waiting for drivers, contracts to fill and payments to make, leaving some to wonder when they need to put a dangerous driver behind the wheel.

The trucker driving three feet off your rear bumper at 120 km-h is one of the many being put on the road today.

The solution to all of this is for transport companies to create their own drivers by operating their own truck training facility with qualified staff. Some transport companies who have aligned themselves with a truck school and found the school priority of profit, not quality, discovered a plan doomed from the start.

David Pattenick

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