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Charlie Charalambous Feels the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference is a Must Attend Event

Conference board member Charlie Charalambous feels attending the TTSAO 5th Annual Conference is not only important to the industry but for anyone involved in the training aspect of the industry. Learn more in the video below.

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Leanne Quail Talks Benefits of Being a Part of the TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

Leanne Quail of Paul Quail Transport and Recruiter of the Year award winner for 2019 will be moderating a panel at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference happening in February 2020. In the video she talks about the importance of being involved with the conference.

Leanne Quail on the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference
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Are You a Mobile Support Equipment Operator

Over the years we’ve changed the face of trucking with new cultures and immigration programs, maybe it’s time we change the name. One thing trucking hasn’t improved in is respect. We have improved in technology, we have more training, we have more regulations, but we don’t seem to have any more respect. If you say the term “truck driver” to anyone in the general public you will see their face twist and usually hear something like “ that’s a hard job” or “tough industry.” The only time that changes is when you talk to someone who understands the industry or has driven before.

What if we changed the name? We all respect someone in the Military for the hard work they do and the danger of the job. There are many people in the military either doing the exact same job that a truck driver does, but because of the function of the military people’s perceptions are totally different. If motorists get held up in traffic by a line of trucks they swear and curse at the drivers. If they get held up by a military convoy they salute and wave. Could it be the name that helps to change the perception of the job. I agree that people in the army are amazing in protecting our Country and supporting war efforts for others, but we all know if we were to stop the trucks transporting goods across our Country the shelves would be bare. Does it make us any less important?

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I was reading an advertisement for a job to become a truck driver in the military. No I am not trying to get a job but was curious to see what they would look for in a person and what type of work they would be expected to do. I was expecting the job description to say things like; Must be able to drive a tank, ten years experience hauling helicopters, or something like that. When I read the description it was almost the same as a truck driver job. The items were drive buses, trucks, and tractor trailers. Inspect vehicles, fill out paperwork, maintain the vehicle, etcetera. That sounds much like what a truck driver does. You can see the description for yourself at https://forces.ca/en/career/mobile-support-equipment-operator/.

Here is the difference, the job is not called truck driver for the army but “Mobile Support Equipment Operator.” Doesn’t that sound nice? It is much of the same job with a lot more respect and of course learning to shoot a gun. Marketing has always been the transportation industry’s problem. Whether we change it to a skilled trade or rename it for more respect I think we need to look at that as an industry.

On another note our military personnel are crucial to our freedom and survival as a Country. Please remember those that have served to give us the freedom we now enjoy in Canada and beyond and pause to remember them on November 11th. Thank you to all of our military services for the work you do.

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is the author of the books Driven to Drive, Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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Lisa Arseneau On Sponsoring the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference

Staebler Insurance’s Lisa Arseneau has been a member of the truck Training School Association of Ontario for many years and has been a keen sponsor of the conference over the years. She talks about the benefits of the conference and why she believes sponsoring the conference is important.

Lisa Areseneau on the 5th Annual Conference
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PMTC announces Ontario Regional Seminar for October 17th

For Immediate Release


PMTC announces Ontario Regional Seminar for October 17th
Milton, ON: The PMTC’s next regional half-day seminar will be in Mississauga, Ontario, on October 17th, running from 8:30 to 11:30am. The seminar will cover three diverse topics that will provide value that fleets, and suppliers alike can take back to their workplace to help improve their operations.


An overview of National ELD Regulations and the progress of the NELT file


The PMTC has been heavily involved in stakeholder consultations with government on both the Electronic logging device file and the Mandatory Entry level Training file from the very beginning. The ELD regulation was posted in Gazette 2 and is set to come into force on June 12th of 2021. The National Entry Level Training file is currently in its consultation phase and is expected to be imbedded in the National Safety Code in January of 2020. Mike Millian, the President of the PMTC, will provide an update on what the regulations look like, and what fleets can expect to have to comply with and when.


US FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearing House


Branden Kearse, Privacy & Compliance Coordinator at DriverCheck, will discuss the upcoming United States Drug and Alcohol Clearing House Program that comes into effect on January 6th of 2020 for all Carriers and Drivers who operate into the US. If you are a driver or carrier do you know your responsibilities? Who has to register, where to register and other important details that will affect your compliance in the Untied States? This is the place to be to find out from the experts.

Truck pre-screening and weigh station pre-clearance


Earlier this year, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation deployed commercial vehicle pre-screening and weigh station pre-clearance technology in Ontario, in collaboration with connected truck leaders Intelligent Imaging Systems (IIS) and Drivewyze. In this presentation you will learn about the pre-screening systems now in place at a number of weigh stations in the province, which automatically scan trucks for bad brakes, weigh them while they are in motion, and which use advanced imaging systems to recognize trucks and look up inspection history and safety ratings. You will also learn about Drivewyze Pre Clear, a weigh station bypass service that permits carriers with good safety records to avoid being pulled into scales every single visit. Combined, the pre-screening and pre-clearance systems work to improve commercial truck safety and efficiency in Ontario. At the conclusion of the presentation, officials from the MTO and Drivewyze will field your questions.


Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this seminar, starting at $300.00.


The seminar is being offered as part of PMTC’s ongoing regional half day educational seminars. For more information, to register or sponsor, please call 905-827-0587, email info@pmtc.ca, go to our website at www.pmtc.ca, or CLICK HERE to register online. The cost to attend is $25.00 for a PMTC member, and $100.00 for a non-member. Location details will be provided when you register to attend.


The PMTC is also offering educational seminars in Wallace, Nova Scotia on September 18th, and in Edmonton, Alberta on October 1st. For info or to register for those events go to www.pmtc.ca. You can also call or email at the same contacts as listed above.

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Road Safety Resources from IHSA

IHSA offers road safety programming and resources for the industry. Check out the resources here.

• https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/magazine/volume_19_Issue_1/new-road-safety-resources-for-employers-available-from-ihsa.pdf

• https://www.ihsa.ca/pdfs/magazine/volume_19_Issue_1/spotting-the-risks-in-trucking.pdf

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Vikram Khurana Talks Foreign Worker Program at TTSAO Conference

The Foreign Worker Pilot Program will be discussed at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference in February 2020. Vikram Khurana will be offering a presentation on the program and how it may be the answer to bringing new workers into the industry. You won’t want to miss this presentation.

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Presenter Profile

Vikram (Vik) Khurana is a Canadian serial entrepreneur with experience in recruiting truck drivers from international jurisdictions. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Vik worked with TD Bank. Since then, he has founded many businesses such as Prudential Consulting Inc., an international HR recruitment firm, Leading System Consultants, a company engaged in International Trade, amongst others. Vik has been an advisor, board member, investor, and consultant to a number of multinational companies and organizations in the field of Transportation, Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing. Vik has also invested in a variety of start-ups as an Angel investor.

Vik is currently the Chair of Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) – Canada’s oldest and leading and business incubator that has been locally, nationally and internationally recognized for its efforts in nurturing the growth of new and emerging businesses in the Greater Toronto Area.

He has also served on the Board of Export Development Canada, FinDev Canada, Dean’s Council of Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Canada-India CEO Forum (advisory body to the Prime Ministers of Canada and India) and the Advisory Board of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce (entrepreneurial and small business community organization).

Among other community involvements, he was an honorary Board member at Mt. Sinai Hospital Foundation in Toronto (a well-known research hospital in Toronto), honorary Ambassador for the Province of New Brunswick, Board member of India Research and Policy Institute at University of Waterloo, Founding Member of the Canada-India Foundation, and the Board of the Museum of Hindu Civilization.

Vik is an engineering graduate from India and also holds a Masters in Business Administration, from St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

Vik is an active participant in a variety of fundraising activities for development-related causes such as schools for underprivileged children, and long-term aid initiatives for Haiti. He is a serving member of the Board of Trustees at the Canada Post Foundation which funds a host of Children’s charities across Canada.
Vik has also received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his achievements and work in the community.

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IMVR’s Vickie DeVos Presents on Virtual Reality Technology at TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

Vickie DeVos of IMVR will be one of three presenters offering information on technology in training facilities at the 5th annual TTSAO conference. As technology takes over our world there needs to be a new way of training those using new systems and information. DeVos will be on the panel moderated by John G. Smith talking about technology in training facilities.

About Vickie DeVos

After spending many years leading our sister company, Fleet-Tax Services, speaking to many carriers through our workshops, I had the feeling there is a  need for a system to enhance training and adding compliance. 

The vision I had is very simple, using Virtual Reality to bring more safety to our roads through a fully immersive product that can is portable, easy to use and cost less than one insurance claim.

We love what we do and it shows. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the many fields of transportation and IT, we understand our industries. There’s no challenge too big or too small, and we dedicate our utmost energy to the project we take on. We are focused and determined to enhance driving patterns by revolutionizing the transportation industry through a new way of learning. Every client is unique. That’s why we customize every one of our plans to fit your needs exactly.

Take the first step to open a conversation on how iMVR can add to your training, compliance, and retention. Learn about IMVR

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Certifying Your Training Facility With TTSAO

The Truck Training School Association of Ontario represents training providers and associated members offering training programs for the transportation industry. Although anyone can join the association schools registering as an accredited school must be certified. Many associations don’t require that their members be certified to be involved but the Truck Training School Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is different.

To become an Associate Member, Carrier Member, or Insurance Member doesn’t require any certifications to be part of the membership, but for schools it’s different. One of the main reasons that the TTSAO was formed was to show the public and members of the transportation industry that not all training is the same. Truck driver training is critical to the development of a new driver and the training has to be a standard that the industry can recognize and depend on. The TTSAO created that standard by creating a network of like minded schools offering a certain standard of training that is above what the regulations suggest and with a curriculum that is standardized throughout their membership. This removes schools that are not offering proper training models and allows a group to be recognized as a professional association to governing bodies.

The Truck Training School Association has now come to the point where they are a respected Association within the transportation industry and students looking for training. Carriers and insurance providers have a say in the Association allowing for a more involved membership and information from all sides of the trucking industry. The next question is how do you get your training facility involved?

Since the TTSAO has a standard for their training facilities they have to make sure everyone is following minimum standards through an audit process. That audit process starts with the application process and will continue on a regular basis as long as the school is a member of the association. The process has a number of steps and qualifications that a new school or upgrading facility needs to meet in order to be accepted.

The reason it is important to be certified as an accredited school is to be able to offer your services to the transportation industry and to be taken seriously by carriers in the industry. Many of the carriers within the TTSAO membership will only accept applications from drivers that have attended a certified school showing that they have a certain level of training. There have been some horrific accidents over the years from new drivers that were not trained properly causing governing bodies to implement certain training programming like Mandatory Entry Level Training. Since TTSAO schools offer a standard 200 hour course for new students and the schools are audited on a regular basis carriers are comfortable that students are being trained properly. The association also fights against training facilities that don’t train students properly putting all of our lives in danger on the road. If you are thinking of starting a training facility, already have a school that you would like to make part of the association, or offer training programs for training facilities then visit the TTSAO website with information to guide you through the application process and be part of an association that believes in proper training for everyone.

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is the author of the books Driven to Drive, Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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3 Steps to Learning the Truck Inspection Process

Learning how to conduct a truck inspection can be a daunting task when you’re a new student in a truck training school. There are many parts to inspect on a truck or bus and missing just one area can result in fines and downtime for any driver. This is why the inspection process is so important and a reason that every student has to take it seriously.

I recently attended a school to understand their yard work program and what students thought of going through the yard work process. The testing procedures have changed since the implementation of Mandatory Entry Level Training and has become more challenging for the student. Previously the inspection process was taught as a routine that a student would learn and show when testing for their licence. Over the years the testing changed to a random item test where the testing agent will ask the driver to inspect different items on the truck in various orders. The student doesn’t know ahead of time which items will be asked of them therefore having to learn the whole process.

Talking to instructor Jean at the school conducting the training for inspections I asked how the new way of testing has improved the training process? “Students have to learn the full schedule 1 with the new system. Previously the students were taught a routine for inspecting a truck, but due to the time frame in testing were memorizing what to say more than what they were actually inspecting. Because the requests are random students have to know exactly how to inspect an item and not just what to say to the tester.” Says Jean.

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One of the things I noticed when attending the training is that the students going through the program took the instruction very seriously. As a trainer myself I can tell you that not all students understand the importance of training or have the same level of determination. The students going through the inspection schedule, asking questions, and redoing tasks they didn’t understand or do correctly were determined to understand the components fully. Those are the students that will pass successfully but also make professional drivers in the future.

If you are a new student or someone just getting started in the process of looking for a training facility then there a few things you can do to ensure your training is successful:

  • Ensure you are attending a certified training facility. Certified schools have the top instructors that have the knowledge to show you the proper way to inspect items.
  • Participate in the training. Many times the inspection process is taught in a group setting. Don’t just stand on the side lines but be active taking notes, doing tasks, and asking questions.
  • Take your training seriously. Failing to inspect a truck properly can result in fines, delays, or even death. It is important to take your training seriously, review your work, take notes, and ask questions of things you don’t understand.

Truck inspections are required of drivers every day and there are many that don’t do them properly. They are important from a safety standpoint, required from a testing standpoint, and can minimize delays on the road, but only if you know how to do a proper inspection.

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About the Author

Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is the author of the books Driven to Drive, Running By The Mile, and host of The Lead Pedal Podcast. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training vocation ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your area visit www.ttsao.com

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