CALEDONIA, Ont. — KRTS Transportation Specialists and Pearson Dunn Insurance have thrown their support behind the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s decision to allow automatic transmissions as an option for Class A road tests.
KRTS, which operates multiple training facilities across the province, says it embraces the change, noting that, “Trucking companies that we do business with every day are requesting that the people we educate, be educated on automatic transmissions. We will continue to answer the needs of our customer,” said Kim Richardson, president of KRTS.
“We will continue to offer training on manual, multispeed transmissions so our clients will be able to competently operate a truck with either transmission, but the industry, our customer, has spoken and we need to listen.”
Lisa Arseneau of Pearson Dunn Insurance has called the move “a welcome initiative on a safety level. Enabling a commercial truck driver to operate their vehicle with an automatic transmission will lend itself to focusing their concentration on safety habits such as visual scanning, awareness of surroundings and safe manoeuvring without pulling that attention to shifting. From a claims perspective, I feel that it could also lessen truck roll back on upgrades as well, and provide for a less stressful working in cab environment.”
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