OTA sponsors a trio of sessions

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TORONTO, Ont. – A Smart Driver training workshop, designed to teach the knowledge and skills to becoming a fuel efficient driver, will be presented by the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA).

These workshops, designed by FleetSmart (an information program of the Office of Energy Efficiency of Natural Resources Canada), are aimed at assisting fleets in reducing operating costs.

As well as training drivers directly, the OTA sponsored events will also provide a learning opportunity for instructors during the “train-the-instructor” training sessions.

Sessions will run on Mar. 4, Apr. 8 and 17. The workshops are free for the fleet group’s member companies and cost $20 for non-members.

As well, if your IRP registration renewal is scheduled for spring of 2002, you could be in for a big surprise according to the OTA.

Effective Oct. 1, 2001, all vehicles registered under IRP are subject to a new way of collecting provincial sales tax. In an effort to help educate fleets about the new regime, the OTA will conduct two half-day training sessions.

The first will be held in London on Feb. 21 while the second will be in Toronto on Feb. 26. The cost per delegate for OTA members is $69 while non-members will pay $99.

The OTA will also offer training sessions for front-line supervisors who deal with workers employed in safety-sensitive positions who fall under U.S. regulations.

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stipulates that all persons designated to supervise drivers must be trained to regulation standards. This course meets and exceeds those standards as well as including the unique Canadian perspective.

Personnel affected include safety and driver supervisors, maintenance managers and supervisors, dispatchers – virtually anyone who is regularly in contact with employees deemed to be in safety-sensitive positions.

The comprehensive half-day course will take place on Feb. 20, at the OTA office. The cost for member-fleet delegates is $129 each and $169 for non-members.

To request a registration form for any of these sessions, or for more information, contact Shelly Hill at the OTA at 416-249-7401.

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