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Vagans Inc. joins TTSAO Associate Members.

Vagans Inc. has joined the TTSAO Associate Members Group. Welcome Vagans Inc and you can learn more about them at

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Wesbell Logisitcs Joins the TTSAO Carrier Group

Wesbell Logistics has joined the TTSAO Carrier Group. Welcome Wesbell to the group and you can learn more about them on their website.


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PHS Truck and Training Service joins TTSAO family of schools

The TTSAO is happy to announce the addition of PHS Truck and Training Service to the family of TTSAO Acredited Schools. Welcome PHS and you can learn more about them at

PHS Truck and Training Service

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TTSAO Put Hold on $40 Cap Stakeholders Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 17, 2018 – Hamilton, ON: The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Board of Directors decided recently to postpone the industry stakeholders meeting that was originally set for June 19th in Toronto. With the upcoming election the government now enters into “caretaker” mode. The TTSAO was advised by Ministry of Advanced Training and Skills Development (MAESD) officials they could not participate in the June 19th industry stakeholders meeting until the new government was elected and out of caretaker’s mode. Although there were over 50 stakeholders willing to participate in the meeting the Board of Directors felt it would be in the best interest of all parties to wait until MAESD could actively participate. Since the fall of 2017, the TTSAO has been corresponding and meeting with the MAESD to increase the cap that is put on tuition for commercial truck driving schools in the Province of Ontario.

ttsao stakeholders meeting

The TTSAO has been supported by the Insurance industry, Carriers and industry associations such as the Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC) and the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) all who agree that the tuition cap needs to be raised. The $40.00 Cap has been in place since the fall of 2009 and continues to put tremendous financial pressure on educational facilities who offer commercial driver training. The TTSAO membered schools are a major resource and pipeline of employment to the transportation industry. TTSAO schools graduate thousands of commercial drivers annually and are a major resource to companies hiring entry level professional drivers.

PMTC President, and TTSO Board member, Mike Millian corresponded to MAESD in November of 2017 and said “do we really want to risk sending these new drivers into the industry unprepared and trained on outdated equipment and with underpaid instructors? If we do not address the $40.00 Cap, this is exactly what we are at risk of doing, as schools will be forced to close their doors or find was to cut costs to stay in business”.

Also supporting the hike in tuition is the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA). Stephen Laskowski, OTA President says “It is important that Ontario creates incentives for Second Career applicants when they select truck driver training as an occupation. The introduction of MELT, combined with a 2009 Government of Ontario decision to restrict Second Career funding for truck driver training to $40.00 per hour, there exists a significant barrier to entry for Second Career applicants into our sector.”

At previous meetings with MAESD the TTSAO outlined the increases of costs including; fuel, maintenance, insurance, wages, rent, utilities and government audits. The $40.00 Cap no longer covers the cost of Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training for Class A Drivers, imposed on Truck Training Facilities. Overall costs have gone up in some areas as high as 40%. Lisa Arseneau, Chairperson of the TTSAO Insurance Group, which is represented by most of the commercial insures responsible for writing truck insurance, has attended all meetings with MAESD on behalf of the insurance companies and has also corresponded with MAESD, “we have reviewed documentation supplied by the TTSAO which provides evidence that current fees cannot support the ongoing and rising expenses associated with training and producing quality drivers. If the cap is not addressed we expect that, over time, despite all the efforts from the truck training schools, our new drivers will not be as qualified and this will increase in the number of accidents on our roads as well as the severity of those loses”.

Ed Popkie, President of 5th Wheel Training Institute and a TTSAO board member, participated in the original meeting with MAESD and says “Since November 2009, PCC’s have had their Truck Driver programs capped at $40 per hour by Service Ontario’s Second Career Funding.  The same is not true for Community College Truck Driver programs, where no Second Career hourly funding cap exists.  It’s time to make funding for Second Career the same regardless of whether Truck Driver training is offered by a PCC or a Community College.”

The TTSAO looks forward to rescheduling the stakeholder’s meeting as soon as the government is out of caretaker mode and MAESD is able to attend.

For more information visit or contact:

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations – TTSAO, TTSAO Board of Director – or (905) 699 – 8837

Lisa Arseneau – Commercial Producer – Staebler Insurance, Chairperson TTSAO Insurance Group, TTSAO Board of Director – or (519) 743-5882

Mike Millian – President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, TTSAO Board of Director – Office: 905-827-0587, Cell: 519-932-0902 or by email at

Ed Popkie – President, 5th Wheel Training Institute, TTSAO Board of Director or 888-701-8759








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DriveWise Attains Accredited School Status

DriveWise has attained the Accredited School Certification and is now part of the Certified Schools family with the TTSAO. DriveWise has been a long time training partner and Associate Member of TTSAO. You can learn more about DriveWise on their website at

Congratulations DriveWise.


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TTSAO’s Guy Broderick is interviewed on The Lead Pedal Podcast about Hiring Event

The TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) is holding their first hiring event and Carrier Group Leader Guy Broderick is the organizer for the event. Bruce chats with Guy about the event and how it will help those looking at the industry find employment and successful careers at the event. The two chat about careers available outside of driving and how to prepare yourself as a new driver to put forth a good first impression. . You can learn more about the TTSAO Hiring Event at  . You can contact Guy Broderick directly about the event at 416-623-5461 or by emailing

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About the Show

The Lead Pedal Podcast aims to be a positive voice for truck drivers in the transportation industry. The Lead Pedal Podcast is a show for those in the trucking industry wanting to improve their trucking careers or businesses. What does The Lead Pedal Podcast mean? The Lead (pronounced “Led”) stands for acceleration or fast-track of your career. It is a play on words and we certainly are not here promoting speeding in the industry. We are hoping this information will help you become a professional driver faster than if you didn’t know about many of these topics.


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Registration is now open for the PMTC’s ‘Driven to Lead’ program!

Milton, Ontario: Registration is now open for the PMTC’s ‘Driven to Lead’ program!

The ‘Driven to Lead’ program is an experiential, practical leadership program that will take participants through hands-on and impactful exercises focusing on topics like culture, teamwork, accountability and strategy. The program will be facilitated by Eagle’s Flight (, a global leader in education, at their facility in Guelph, Ontario.


The ‘Driven to Lead’ program consists of four separate full-day modules so participants can elect to complete the entire program or select individual modules.

Graduates of the entire program (all four modules) will receive free registration for the PMTC’s annual conference in June 2019 where they will be presented with their diploma. Graduates of individual modules will receive a certificate of completion for the module(s) they complete.

The program is intended for both up-and-coming and current leaders who are looking to advance and develop their personal and professional skills.

The program has been scheduled for the following dates:
September 19, 2018 = Creating a Culture of Accountability
November 21, 2018 = Building and Leading Teams
February 20, 2019 = Communicating for Impact
May 15, 2019 = Coaching for Results

Both PMTC members and non-members are welcome. Registration costs for the program are as follows:

PMTC member
Entire program (four modules) = $1,800*
Per program module (one module) = $500*
Entire program (four modules) = $2,300*
Per program module (one module) = $625*
* Registration costs are subject to HST

To register for the entire program or individual program modules, e-mail, call 905-827-0587 or click here to register online! More information about the training facility and program schedule will be provided upon registration.

A special thank you goes out to the ‘Driven to Lead’ program’s platinum sponsors, KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. ( and TransRep Inc. ( Your support of this program has made it possible and we are truly grateful for your partnership.

This program is being offered as part of the YLG’s on-going mission to bring value to the next generation through education, discussions and networking.

Get out! Get involved! Get inspired!

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KRTS Wins Business Excellence Award

Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists have won the Haldimand KRTS LogoCounty Business Excellence Award for companies with 10 employees or more. Congratulations to the team at KRTS for winning such a great award.

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KRTS Wins Business Excellence Award

About KRTS

At Kim Richardson Transportation Specialists Inc. we offer extensive knowledge and experience in the training and education industry, whether you are a company or an individual looking to be a Professional Operator.


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Metro Truck Driving School Joins TTSAO Family

The TTSAO is proud to announce new school member Metro Truck Driving School. Welcome to the TTSAO family and you can learn more about Metro Truck Driving School at

Metro Truck Driving School Metro-School-Logo
Address: 6985 Davand Dr.
Suite 11 Mississauga, ON L5T 1Y7
Phone: 905-673-1441
Fax: 905-673-1989
Contact: George Cierpich

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There’s an Angel Among Us!

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is wrapping up their annual convention in the United States this week and every year they announce a driver for their Highway Angel Award. The Highway Angel Award goes to a driver for their bravery or heroic efforts on the road. The drivers are not just changing a tire for someone on the side of the road, they are saving people from life and death. The award has been around for a while as there have been many drivers honoured as recipients of the award.

This year is extra special for a number of reasons. The first reason is that the award has gone to a Canadian driver and the second reason is the award has gone to a driver for Challenger Motor Freight a well known Canadian carrier among our ranks. The Angel is among us!

John Weston has received the Truckload Carriers Association’s

John Weston-Challenger
Picture by Challenger Motor Freight

Highway Angel of the Year Award for his heroic actions on two occasions in 2017. On one occasion Weston noticed a vehicle in a ditch and pulled over to check out the situation, finding a Mother and her children in the car. He kept them warm in his truck until emergency vehicles arrived. On the second occasion Weston stopped to assist at an accident with two trucks and stayed to comfort a driver trapped in his truck who passed away while Weston was comforting him. Congrats to John Weston for being the hero that he is and representing our industry in such a positive way.

You can read the full story on Truck News through the link below on John Weston receiving his award:

You can learn more about John Weston on Challenger’s website by clicking the link below:

The trucking industry has had a long history of being Angels of the Highway whether saving someone’s life or just helping someone change a tire. For many it is not about the heroics, but just helping people. Trucking is a people business either dealing with customers, inspection officers, or the general public. Truck drivers have big hearts and it has been shown again and again through heroic efforts like John Weston displayed or the drivers that turn out year after year to support causes like Special Olympics and Trucking for a Cure.

Driving is tough enough on its own. Driving safely in traffic, being professional with customers, and battling the elements like weather takes professionalism and nerves. Drivers like John Weston have climbed the ladder a few notches higher by being Highway Angels. Thank you John for heroism.

Are you looking to work for good carriers and create a career you can be proud of? If so check out the TTSAO Hiring Event happening on May 26th, 2018 in Mississauga. Click here for more details.

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

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