Gerald Carroll is the TTSAO Conference Chairperson and talks about some of the changes coming up for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference in February 2020. Join us for the conference by registering with the link below.
Ken Adams is the Chairman of the Board for the TTSAO and talks about changes to the upcoming TTSAO Conference and the importance of attending for those in the truck driver training industry.
As we come to the end of another year and decade we have to take a look at the truck driver training industry and hope we are improving on lessons learned throughout the year. Our industry is changing rapidly with a mix of better and worse. Training standards, regulations, and industry employment all seem to be mixing together causing our industry to re-evaluate where it is going and where we’ve come from. So where are we in this mix?
From a training standpoint things are improving. Entry Level Training was implemented a couple years ago and governing bodies continue to tweak the regulations and improve the testing standards within the Province and across the Country. The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) was a leader in helping form the new training standards with the Ministry of Transportation and continues to work closely with them to improve the training aspects of our industry.
Truck driver training instructors began to be scrutinized at the end of 2018 and became a major focus for the TTSAO in 2019. They increased the profile of the instructor by having the Instructor of the Year award presented to industry veteran Joe Teixeira of Rosedale Transport and will now be an annual competition at the TTSAO Conferences. With over three decades of experience of the first winner it makes competition tough for the future, but a good benchmark to have for top instructors.
Qualifications for instructors were a main focus for the association in 2019 and continues to be talked about with industry partners to find a common certification for all instructors in the industry. So the training aspect of the industry has been improving well and looks good for the near future.
Where we have had problems is in the employment side of the industry. 2019 had some large carriers go out of business leaving drivers stranded in some cases on the road. Insurance renewals for carriers has tightened up and some carriers are having trouble finding insurance premiums to operate. Insurance providers are working on solutions to improve carrier insurability and also enhance driver employment for younger drivers.
The driver shortage continues with technology being a strong focus for filling the driver gap. Foreign workers have also resurfaced over the year as a solution for bringing more people into the industry. The immigration issues for all of North America has caused this issue to be a troublesome issue to figure out.
Other topics that have surfaced are human trafficking and cargo theft which are rising year after year. The TTSAO is planning on implementing these topics into their training programs to help in the fight against these crimes from an awareness standpoint.
All in all the TTSAO is on the forefront for many of these important issues and continues to work to make the truck driver training industry a better place. On behalf of the TTSAO we would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe Christmas.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an author of the books Driven to Drive and 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
Economical Insurance has been involved with the TTSAO for years and has become a silver sponsor for the next conference happening in February 2020. Thank you Economical Insurance for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the 5th annual TTSAO Conference.
As you have all already heard we’re really excited about our TTSAO Christmas Meeting. The agenda has some excellent presenters including Heather Fry, Director for Truckers Against Trafficking and Jim Dimech from Praxair Canada. You will learn how we as industry can play a role in fighting human trafficking. Additionally, we will have a representative from the Carrier Safety and Enforcement, Ministry of Transportation talking about the new Action Plan for the Trucking Industry.
It will be two hours of education and information followed by a nice lunch courtesy of our generous sponsors. This event will be a good opportunity to network with industry professionals at all levels. The meeting will take place at the beautiful Lionhead Golf and Conference Center in Brampton.
The TTSAO is looking for sponsors for this event. The investment for your company is $500.00. In return your company and brand will be featured on numerous social media feeds, press releases, signage at the event and mentions during the event. This is a great way to get your organizations name and brand in front of many decision makers while supporting the TTSAO at the same time.
Thank you to Manitoulin Transport, Rims Transport, HBC Transportation & Vagans Inc. Transportation Risk Management for already committing as sponsors.
For more information about sponsorship please contact:
Charlie Charalambous, Director of Client Services – ISB Global Services and NRRS Chairperson – 905-699-8837
Kim Richardson, President – TransRep 1-800-771-8171 ext. 201
Human trafficking is a hot topic in trucking and the Government of Canada. We often feel that Canada is immune to issues we hear South of the Border but in reality Canada is a leader in cargo crime only behind California and is now becoming increasingly a problem with other crimes such as human trafficking. Human trafficking has been increasing since 2009 and usually involves women from 20-30 that end up working in the sex trade. The Globe and Mail recently wrote an article about the issue which you can read by clicking the link. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-more-than-30-people-arrested-in-multi-province-human-trafficking/
An increase in crimes such as cargo theft is a sign that other crimes may be increasing in other areas. Cargo crime specialist Todd Moore of ISB Global Services has presented many times on cargo securement and says that general cargo crimes are seed money for other crimes with human trafficking being one of them. Organized crime is behind much of the cargo crime in Canada and as mentioned in the article above by the Globe and Mail organized crime is also behind human trafficking showing a constant link that I am sure is strong signal to law enforcement.
With an increase of refugees and other immigration issues at the forefront human trafficking has been increasing around the World. Truck drivers are often used in these crimes as was reported with people found in trucks in England, the United States, and Canada with refugees trying to escape their homelands.
Past presentations I have seen on human trafficking include being aware of those in public locations such as truck stops being aware of those that may look like they are being controlled by someone else, frightened, or being watched from afar. Lately the people being trafficked have been found in the back of trailers so now the focus has been on people buying large amounts of products like water, food, or other supplies as a possibility to human trafficking.
If you are interested in learning more about human trafficking and how it may be affecting your operation or the industry in general the Truck Training School Association of Ontario will be hosting a presentation on human trafficking by Heather Fry, Canadian Director of Truckers Against Trafficking, and Jim Dimech of Praxair Canada Inc on what can be done about the issue and what agencies are doing about the problem. Here is the press release for the event on December 11th, 2019.
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
The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) will
be hosting a general meeting for their members, industry guests and stakeholders from 10 am – 12 noon on Wednesday December 11th, 2019 at Lionhead Golf and Conference Centre.
The TTSAO is pleased to announce that part of the agenda will include an awareness presentation by Heather Fry, Canadian Director of Truckers Against Trafficking, and Jim Dimech of Praxair Canada Inc. who will provide a carrier’s perspective and speak about the importance of trucking companies getting
Hope to see you there!
Read the full press release here!
Seating is limited for this meeting so if you would like to attend please email email@example.com or call
On October 22nd the TTSAO met with Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney and her staff to discuss a variety of topics. The Minister and her staff were provided with a history of previous meetings with the Auditor General and previous Ministers of Transportation. Some of the key issues discussed were:
- Lack of consistency with MELT and the need for MELT to be extended to all license classes
- The need for Instructor Certification
- Concerns with Advanced Standing
- Entry level drivers testing on automatic transmissions
- The TTSAO Pre-Qualification/ Requalification Program
- Our concerns with the MTO stakeholder meetings not continuing
- Next steps and other planned meetings
Overall the meeting was very positive and the Minister and her staff will review the supporting documentation provided. We look forward to continuing our meetings with government on behalf of the TTSAO Members and will continue to provide updates as new information is available.