OTA checks in with new member service

TORONTO — The Ontario Trucking Association is introducing a new service to allow members to check if their drivers hold valid licences of the proper class and endorsement.

The OTA Truck Driver Licence Status Check will be offered to members for $5 a year per driver. Users of the program will also have the ability to order an MTO detailed (three-year) driver abstract through this service, with overnight electronic ability, for a $10 fee per driver – $2 less than the MTO’s $12 abstract fee.

Once a company logs onto the OTA’s secure website and submits a list of drivers’ licence numbers, OTA will submit the data to MTO on a quarterly basis for a status check on every driver. Discrepancies are immediately identified and the member is instantly notified by email of which drivers have been flagged for a licence status discrepancy.

The information can be used to investigate the discrepancy or opt for an automatic issuance (with overnight electronic delivery) of an MTO detailed (three-year) driver abstract for the affected driver.

The OTA says the Truck Driver Licence Status Check System will save money on MTO driver license checks, and ensures costs associated with drivers operating vehicles with invalid licences will be reduced.

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