HAMILTON, Ont. — The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) said today that it believes great strides have been achieved with the recently proposed Mandatory Entry Level Training standards, but that the standard still needs work before it can fully endorse them.
The TTSAO, and other industry subject matter experts from various carriers, training institutions and insurance fields were on the task force to provide their input and feedback on the standards.
The TTSAO said for it to fully endorsed the proposed MELT standards, the following suggestions must be addressed:
Instructor qualifications needs to be discussed
Minimum requirements for training on a standard transmission should be included
A clear definition of online education needs to be outlines
Procedures for booking of road tests should be included
Vehicle configurations for training and testing need to be clear
Observation time in training yard should be included in the defined hours
Night time training should not be a requirement of the standard
Maximum training of 6 hours per day in cab is unacceptable
Clearly defined documentation to verify training hours are met is required