TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is offering its members a new service to check the current status and validity of their drivers’ licences.
The OTA Truck Driver Licence Status Check costs $5/year per driver and provides quarterly drivers’ licence verifications with the MTO. Participating companies can also order a detailed three-year driver’s abstract through the service for $10 per driver, $2 less than the $12 MTO fee, the OTA has announced.
Carriers can log onto the OTA Web site and submit the licence numbers they wish to verify. The OTA runs a report through the MTO and provides a list of discrepancies to the carrier the following day.
“Not only does the OTA’s Truck Driver Licence Status Check System save you money on MTO driver licence checks, it ensures you will avoid costs associated with drivers operating your vehicles with invalid licences,” the OTA explained in a release. “If a driver is found to have an invalid license, your organization is exposed to fines, CVOR points and costly civil litigation in the case of an accident.Further, the MTO may seize your vehicle for up to seven days, resulting in fines and lost profits.”
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