Manda­tory Train­ing for Com­mer­cial Full Class A Li­cence Ap­pli­cants Starts July 1, 2017

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Start­ing July 1, 2017, driv­ers seek­ing a com­mer­cial full Class A li­cence in On­tario must com­plete a manda­tory en­try-level train­ing course be­fore at­tempt­ing their road test. The new re­quire­ment, an­nounced last sum­mer by Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion Steven Del Duca, will en­sure com­mer­cial driv­ers have the ex­pe­ri­ence and train­ing needed to safely op­er­ate large trucks on On­tario’s roads.

The manda­tory train­ing course will ap­ply to all new ap­pli­cants for com­mer­cial full Class A li­cences — the class needed to drive trucks with air brakes and ve­hi­cles over 4,600 kilo­grams. Driv­ers who take a road test be­fore July 1, 2017 and those who al­ready holda valid Class A li­cence are not re­quired to take the course.

To com­plete the course, driv­ers must en­rol with a reg­is­tered Pri­vate Ca­reer Col­lege or an­other provider that is rec­og­nized un­der the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion’s Driver Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram.

“In the past, we’ve seen some un­reg­is­tered truck schools of­fer­ing cour­ses that fo­cus solely on teach­ing driv­ers how to pass the road test, rather than teach­ing the skills they need to op­er­ate their ve­hi­cles safely,” said Del Duca. “This change will en­sure that driv­ers are get­ting the proper train­ing and learn­ing about On­tario’s road safety stan­dards.”

The cur­ricu­lum for the manda­tory train­ing course will be set by the train­ing providers, and must meet the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion’s Com­mer­cial Truck Driver Train­ing Stan­dard (Class A). The course will cover en­try-level knowl­edge and skills that a truck driver must pos­sess in or­der to op­er­ate a Class A ve­hi­cle safely, in­clud­ing ba­sic driv­ing tech­niques, trac­tor­trailer off-road ma­noeu­vres, ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and more.the course is ex­pected to take about four to six weeks to com­plete. train­ing providers will set the cost.

Upon a driver’s successful com­ple­tion of the course, train­ing providers will sub­mit ver­i­fi­ca­tion via a web-based sys­tem to the prov­ince. Drive Test cen­tres will check the driver record to en­sure the course has been com­pleted be­fore a full Class A road test can be taken. The course is valid for life.

Driv­ers seek­ing a Re­stricted Class A (AR) li­cence — to drive ve­hi­cles with a sin­gle trailer with­out air-brakes — will not be re­quired to com­plete the course. How­ever, the course must be com­pleted if and when driv­ers wish to re­move the re­stric­tion and up­grade to a full Class A li­cence.

The move, which has been well-re­ceivedby truck­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out the prov­ince, will help ad­dress the in­dus­try’s need for well-qual­i­fied and prop­erly-trained driv­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to On­tario’s Road Safety An­nual Re­port, the to­tal num­ber of collision-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties on On­tario’s roads was 517 in 2014. Of those, 109 in­volved large trucks. By in­creas­ing the train­ing re­quire­ments for new com­mer­cial truck driv­ers, the prov­ince hopes to see a steady de­cline in those num­bers.

“The safety of ev­ery­one who uses On­tario roads is our top pri­or­ity,” said Min­is­ter Del Duca. “By in­tro­duc­ing manda­tory train­ing in ad­di­tion to knowl­edge and road tests, we’re tak­ing steps to en­sure On­tario’s roads stay among the safest in North Amer­ica.”

In 2014, there were 291,555 large trucks in On­tario, and over half of those were op­er­ated by Class A driv­ers. In ad­di­tion to boost­ing road safety, the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion is es­ti­mat­ing that the new train­ing re­quire­ments will save tax­pay­ers about $29 mil­lion per year by re­duc­ing the so­cial costs of col­li­sions on On­tario high­ways.

To learn more about On­tario’s new manda­tory en­try-level train­ing, visit on­tario.ca/clas­satrain­ing.

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