TORONTO, Ont. — Beginning in July, the province of Ontario will recognize Department of National Defence (DND) 404 driver’s permits, allowing such licence-holders to more easily transition into the private sector and commercial driving jobs.
Manitoba and Quebec already recognize the DHD 404 permit for licence equivalency. Ontario conducted an extensive review of DND licensing standards and found the militario training and testing requirements meet or exceed Ontario’s standards.
This means, a driver who was qualified to operate heavy-duty vehicles in the military will have that licence recognized by Ontario. Knowledge and road tests will be waived, but the licence-holder will still have to pass a vision test, meet medical standards, satisfy identification requirements and pay a fee.
“Ontario is proud to support the brave men and women who dedicate themselves to serving and protecting our country. We’re honoured to stand with organizations like Helmets to Hardhats and help serving members and veterans transition to civilian life and employment,” announced Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.
The Ontario trucking industry welcomed the development.
“The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has always had a strong relationship with the Canadian military. Today’s announcement by Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca represents an innovative way to integrate military personal into the trucking industry as they transition into civilian life,” said David Bradely, OTA CEO and president.
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