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TTSAO Working with Province to Raise $40.00 Hourly Cap

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TTSAO Working with Province
to Raise $40.00 Hourly Cap

December 5, 2017 – Hamilton, ON: Along with representation from Carriers, Insurance and the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC), the TTSAO recently met with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to discuss raising the $40 hourly cap currently put on training facilities.

Since 2009 insurance costs for insuring trucks and trailers at truck training facilities has risen 200%. This was an example of one of the many rising costs since the implementation of a $40.00 hourly cap on tuition by the MAESD for all Private Carrier Colleges in the Province of Ontario.

A recent report released by the TTSAO outlines clearly that the TTSAO Logo$40.00 hourly cap is outdated and needs to be addressed by the Province. There has not been an adjustment to the cap since 2009. In the TTSAO report other rising costs since 2009 include; a rise in the lease of equipment by 45%, instructor wages have risen on average by 15%, maintenance fees have increased by 20% just to name a few. Other increases include administration staff wages, annual auditing fees, rent and marketing. As a result of all these increases, the educational facilities are having a hard time staying afloat.

Mike Millian, PMTC President, spoke with MAESD officials and made it clear the $40.00 hourly cap must be raised.
“There has been no increase to this cap in 8 years which has simply not kept up with today’s truck training world. If schools can’t make enough money to cover their costs, they will be forced to cut costs in other areas to be able to stay in business.”

Guy Broderick, Driver Training Supervisor at APPS Transport Group and the Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group, commented to the MAESD “the transportation industry has seen many increases across the board for years. When you factor in the cost of fuel, insurance and wages for your staff and other capital expenses the $40.00 cap seems unreasonable for any kind of operation.”
With the introduction of Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training (MELT) the expenses to deliver the required standard has also increased. The recent TTSAO report outlines that it is impossible to deliver the mandatory training needed to obtain a Class AZ license with a $40.00 per hour cap.

The TTSAO has recently formed the TTSAO Insurance Group and elected a new Chairperson Lisa Arseneau from Staebler Insurance. Lisa attended the meeting on behalf of insurance members and echoed the thoughts of other TTSAO representatives “In an industry that is rife with financial increases, I find it hard to believe that a cap, such as this, remains unchanged. If the cap is not increased to reflect today’s economy, we run the risk of losing many of the best Private Career Colleges truck driver training schools due to underfunding and cost prohibition.”

MAESD committed to get the report in front of the Policy and Program Design Division and they are going to go through the analysis process. This could take time but the government needs to expedite the process. The $40.00 hourly cap requires immediate attention. If the $40.00 hourly cap is not dealt with in a timely manner trucking schools will be forced to train on outdated equipment, reduce Instructors wages, cut corners on maintenance among other things. “This could lead to more accidents and a reduction in Road Safety for all Road users” Millian added.

For more information, contact:
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca

Lisa Arseneau – Commercial Producer – Staebler Insurance – larseneau@staebler.com

Mike Millian – President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada – trucks@pmtc.com

Guy Broderick – Driver Training Supervisor at APPS Transport Group – gbroderick@appsexpress.com

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MELT – The First 120 Days-Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MELT – The First 120 Days

November 17, 2017 – Hamilton, ON: On December 12th from 10am – 12 noon at one of the TTSAO carrier group facilities a presentation will be made by Ministry Officials on the first 120 days of MELT. The Linamar Corporation, located at 700 Woodlawn Road West in Guelph, will be hosting this free event open to any interested industry stakeholders. Those already confirmed to be in attendance include private and for hire carriers, insurance, government, schools and other industry representatives.

Recently the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) hosted a round table ttsao logodiscussion with the TTSAO and Serco to review what has transpired since the implementation of MELT with a focus on Commercial Class A Road Tests. During that meeting the MTO and the TTSAO discussed plans to address the concerns raised about commercial class A testing and the delivery of the road test. The Ministry wanted to release specific details about the actions that have been taken to date and to identify additional recommendations that will improve commercial driver testing services. It is the goal of both parties to work together to address all issues that have been ongoing throughout the province at the drive test facilities.
Some of the recommendations the TTSAO brought forward included the possibility of drive test centers being available for testing on Saturdays, quicker turnaround times for those who failed their first test and designating a TTSAO school member’s location to conduct road tests specifically for its members only.

Charlie Charalambous, TTSAO Director of Communications and Public Relations, says, “The TTSAO is very pleased that the Ministry and Serco representatives took the time to host the roundtable discussion. Both parties shared their open and honest feedback on how things are going and I believe that we are looking at some positive changes for everyone involved. We are looking forward to continuing the conversations and sharing the information at our December 12th open General Meeting”.

The full membered schools of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario are the largest user of Serco in the province of Ontario for commercial AZ licenses. The TTSAO’s membership represents the majority of truck training schools in the province. The association has relied on the TTSAO Carrier Group and other industry stakeholders to assist in offering direction and advice to improve road safety in the province.

Those who register will also learn about what the MTO has planned for future engagement with industry stakeholders moving forward. To register please contact ttsao@ttsao.com or 416.623.5461.

For more information, contact:
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca

 

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PMTC Announces New Chairman of YLG

For Immediate Release

Matt Richardson becomes YLG Chairman

Milton, ON: The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) is pleased to introduce Matt Richardson, Sales and Operations Manager of KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. as the new Chairman of the PMTC Young Leaders Group (YLG). Richardson, who has been a director with the YLG since the re-launch in 2015, will take over the Chairman position from Michael Colwell, Transportation Superintendent at Praxair. Colwell has been the chairman of the YLG for the past 2 years, and will move into the Past Chairman’s position on the YLG executive.

Colwell commented “I would first like to congratulate Matt on his pmtc-young-leaders-logoappointment. Matt has been an integral part of our team since Day 1. Showing leadership, enthusiasm and innovative ideas throughout the re-launch of the YLG and all our initiatives since. I am very excited about the future of the YLG and what Matt can bring as its leader. I would also like to thank Mike Millian and the board of the PMTC for the exceptional opportunity to serve as leader of the YLG for the last 2 plus years. It has been a tremendous honor and I can’t thank everyone enough.

Thank you and please join me in congratulating Matt in his new role”
“I am very excited at the opportunity to help continue the growth that the PMTC YLG experienced over the past couple of years with Mike Colwell in the chairman’s position,” Richardson stated. “Along with Mike and myself, we have Marcus Mares of PeopleNet and Joanna Mendonca of Staebler on our executive who have been heavily involved with the success of the group since the re-launch in 2015. In addition to our current executive team, we look forward to adding 1 or 2 individuals from the general YLG membership as directors in the near future to help with the continued growth and success of the organization.”

PMTC President Mike Millian added, “on behalf of the PMTC Board of Directors, I want to congratulate Matt on his new role. I am very confident in the leadership team the YLG has put in place and in Matt’s ability to collaborate with his team and continue to build on the momentum of the PMTC Young Leaders Group. I look forward to working with Matt and his team to ensure the goals and needs of the YLG are met. I would also like to thank Mike Colwell for his effort since our relaunch in 2015. Mike was instrumental in getting us to this point. Mike will move to the Past Chairman’s role, so his advice and insight will not be lost. “

If you are interested in learning more about the PMTC YLG, or would like membership information contact Vanessa Cox info@pmtc.ca or 905-827-8212

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PMTC Announces YLG Trail Membership Offer

For Immediate Release

PMTC Announces YLG Trail Membership Offer

Milton, On: Today the PMTC is announcing a special offer to the young leaders, or future young leaders of the Transportation Industry. “The PMTC believes the Youth are the Future of our Industry, and an age group that we as an industry must do a better job of engaging.” Stated PMTC President Mike Millian.

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“At the conclusion of our Annual Conference in June, the interest from young people outside of our current membership to get involved was very strong. The YLG Leadership group came to our Board and asked for this special trial membership to reduce the barrier to an introduction to the YLG. Our Board fully supported this at a recent Board meeting, and as such we are now announcing this special offer to the public.”

Membership in the PMTC Young Leaders Group is a bargain at only $110.00 per year. For this fee you will receive many benefits, including an invitation to PMTC Board Meeting and YLG Board Meetings. You will receive member only pricing for Educational Seminars, Networking events, YLG Events, and the soon to be announced YLG “Driven to Lead” Educational Program. You will be on our email distribution list to be notified of any and all upcoming educational and networking events.

Normally to be eligible to become a PMTC YLG Member, your parent company would be required to be a PMTC Principle or Associate Member. To encourage more Youth to become active in our Industry and our Association, we are waiving this requirement for a 1-year term. If you are 40 or under, and involved in the transportation Industry, you are eligible for a 1-year YLG Trial Membership, with out the requirement of your parent company being a member. Once the one-year term is up, your company would then be required to become a PMTC member for you to remain a YLG Member. This gives you one year to become involved, see the value of the PMTC YLG, and the PMTC, before your company having to commit to becoming a full PMTC member.

Contact Vanessa at the PMTC office for more details at info@pmtc.ca., or by calling 905-827-0587. We believe you will see the value in joining our Young Leaders Group and taking advantage of this offer.

 

 

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TTSAO Appoints Additional Directors

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased to announce the appointment of three additional Board of Directors to the current roster.

Mike Millian– President, Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC)
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Client Services, Making Eligibility Easy (MEE)
Ed Popkie – President, 5th Wheel Training Institute

These individuals were appointed by the new Board of Directors, ttsao logowhom officially took their seats July 1st 2017. With the appointment of these industry veterans and leaders the TTSAO will continue to strive for excellence as they move forward as an association.

The next TTSAO general meeting will be held on September 12, 2017 at the ISB Canada – Making Eligibility Easy offices in Milton Ontario. The agenda includes a TTSAO carrier group meeting from 8:30-9:30am (carriers only) followed by a General Meeting from 10am-12pm.

For more information, contact:
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca

Kim Richardson – President, TTSAO – KRTS office – 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or cell – 905-512-0254 or by email at krichardson@krway.com

 

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TTSAO 2017 Election Results – June 14, 2017 – Hamilton, ON

For Immediate Release
The TTSAO Elections were held on June 01, 2017 at Marsh Canada Limited (120 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON) at 9:00am. Thank you to all members who stood for this year’s election – the interest shown for being on the TTSAO Board of Directors has never been greater. The 2017-2019 TTSAO Board of Directors takes effect on July 01,
2017.

Congratulations to the following candidates who will serve the 2017-2019 term:

President: Kim Richardson, Kim Richardson Transportation Specialist Inc.
Vice President: Yvette Lagrois, Ontario Truck Training Academy
Secretary: Jack Lochand, Alpine Truck Driver Training
Treasurer: Philip Fletcher, Commercial Heavy Equipment Training

Directors: Kenneth Adams, Crossroads Training Academy (Ottawa/Smiths Falls) Sean Essner, Modern Training Ontario
Jacquie Labute, Northstar Truck Driving School
Brian Pattison, Northern Academy of Transportation Training
Many thanks to the current TTSAO Board of Directors who have helped build the association to where it is today. Their hard work and dedication over the past few years have strengthened the TTSAO and their expertise was fundamental for the growth of the association.

Chairman of the Board, Kim Richardson, KRTS Transportation
June 2015-Apr. 30 2017
President: Yvette Lagrois, Ontario Truck Training Academy
Vice President: Robert Barclay, Crossroads Training Academy (Kingston/Belleville) Secretary: Jay Pootha, Jays Professional Truck Training Centre
Treasurer: Jim Campbell, Ontario Truck Driving School
Directors: Charlie Charalambous, ISB Canada – Director of Communication & Public Relations
Mike Millian, President of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada Geoff Topping, Challenger – Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group Rick Geller, Marsh Canada Limited
Dwight Nelson, Commercial Heavy Equipment Training
Kevin Pattison, Northern Academy of Transportation Training
Ed Popkie, 5th Wheel Training Institute

For more information, contact:

Kim Richardson – President, TTSAO – KRTS office – 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or cell – 905-512-0254 or by email at krichardson@krway.com

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations,
TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca

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TTSAO Conference Committee Donates to Convoy for The Special Olympics

February 22st, 2017 – Hamilton, ON – For the second consecutive year the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Conference Committee made a donation to Convoy for Special Olympics – Paris, Ontario.
In lieu of gifts for speakers the TTSAO conference committee last Convoy for Special Olympics Donationyear decided to take that money along with some additional funds raised from the conference and make a donation to a great cause hosted by the trucking industry.
“You make a living by what you earn and you make a life by what you give. The TTSAO is proud to be part of the Convoy for Special Olympics in Paris, Ontario” commented Charlie Charalambous, Director of Communications and Public Relations and Committee Chairman of the TTSAO.
Tammy Blackwell accepted the donation on behalf of the Convoy at a special presentation made at the 2017 TTSAO Conference – Striving for Excellence in Training.  Blackwell has been the longtime event coordinator and says ” I have seen the impact the Convoy has had over the years, not only on the athletes but with the drivers. This event and the relationships between the athlete and the truckers go beyond just one day”.
The funds raised from Convoy go right back to the athletes and the community and helps pay for such things as sports equipment, facility rentals and it companies transportation for the athletes. For the trucking industry hosting a Convoy brings awareness. When a large number of trucks travel down the 401 and through the community in support of a special Olympics it makes quite an impact.
The TTSAO Conference Committee encourages its school members and trucking companies to put a truck in the Convoy in 2017 and help raise some much needed dollars for a great cause. This year’s Convoy will be September 16th, 2017 in Paris, ON with move in and industry celebration on Friday the 15th.
For more information, contact:
Tammy Blackwell – Chairperson – tblackwell@kwtoronto.com or 519-577-2556.
Kim Richardson – Chairman, TTSAO – KRTS office – 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or cell – 905-512-0254 or by email at krichardson@krway.com
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca

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The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada has announced regional seminar-Thursday January 26th in Guelph, On.

For Immediate Release

Milton, On: The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada has announced it’s next regional seminar in it’s ongoing series of Cross Country Educational half day conferences. The next seminar will be held on Thursday January 26th in Guelph, On.

The seminar will run from 8:30am to 11:30am and will cover two topics, which will bring value to employees and employers from many different sectors of the Transportation industry. One of the advantages of being a member of the PMTC is that the PMTC actively seeks opportunities to provide its Members with access to leaders in the trucking industry who provide practical solutions which can be implemented into everyday policies and procedures.

The Topics being covered are 3rd party Contracts and Mandatory Entry Level Training

3rd party contracts between shippers and carriers

Private fleets are in a unique situation when compared to for hire carriers, or shippers of products. While Private Fleets main purpose is to deliver the product or service of it’s parent company to it’s customers, in almost all cases, in addition to utilizing their own Private Fleet, some of the company’s products will also be handled by for hire or dedicated contract carriers. This being the case, the parent company that the Private Carrier belongs to, must ensure it has proper 3rd party contracts in place to protect its products and customers. More and more, Private Fleets are also using backhauls to subsidize their private fleet operations. In this case, the fleet becomes a for hire operator for a period, and as such, they must ensure that any 3rd party contract that they sign does not put them in a legal black hole should a claim occur.
In this seminar, Richard Lande and Heather Devine, two of this country’s most prominent Transportation lawyers, will take attendees through what needs to be in a contract to protect their interests.
“Many companies do not have comprehensive contracts in place with 3rd party trucking companies”, explains Richard Lande. “Many shippers mistakenly believe a carrier may shy away from such a document, when in fact many best in class carriers will have their own contract to recommend to their core customers”
Richard and Heather’s presentation will review a standard contract and explain the “must have” clauses, as well as the non-essential clauses which are non-the less beneficial. They will also discuss additional elements that must be found in specific contracts for hauling such products as TDG, pharmaceuticals and food products.
Lastly, now that you know what should go in a contract between a shipper and carrier, the duo will take you through the steps on how to effectively implement the contracts.
Mandatory Entry Level Training

As of July 1st, 2017, no one will be able to challenge a full class A road test in the Province of Ontario without first completing and passing a mandatory entry level training program that has been approved by the Province, and provided by a Training Facility that has also been approved by the Province. What will this mean for the transportation industry? How will the supply of drivers be affected? In this seminar, Kim Richardson, the Chairman of the TTSAO, and the President of KRTS, will take attendee’s through the Mandatory Entry Level Training Program in the Province of Ontario, where we were, our current state, and what it will mean going forward.
Register now
Space is limited, so people are encouraged to register early by contacting Vanessa Cox at info@pmtc.ca. Registration is just $25 for a PMTC member, and $100.00 for a non member. Sponsors are also being welcomed, if you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Vanessa for details. Location details will be provided upon registration.
About our presenters

Richard Lande
Richard Lande, Senior Partner for the Private legal practice of Lande and Langford, has specialized in Transportation Law for over 40 years, and has offices in Ontario and Quebec. Richard’s recent focus has been assisting companies with their driver and shipper contracts, helping deal with issues pertaining to freight brokers, as well as contesting Highway Traffic Act violations. Richard is a current elected Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation. Richard has authored eight law books over his years in the law practice. He graduated from McGill University, University of Montreal and Bath University (UK) with a PhD in Transportation Management. He was the first Canadian to win the Railway Medal, given by the Chartered Institute of Transport. He has also been a transportation Fellow at Oxford University, as well as a visiting Fellow at the Bureau of Transport Economics in Australia.  His legal practice encompasses manufacturers, as well as carriers in Canada and the United States.

During his career, he has formed over 20 purchasing groups and among them, one represents some of the manufacturers of the finished vehicles in Canada, such as BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo and Subaru. Richard has organized a transportation conference in Toronto for the past 30 years (www.transportconference.ca)

Richard has been the President of National Transportation Week, as well as the Canadian Division of the Chartered Institute of Transport.

Heather Devine
During her fifteen years of practice, with appearances in all levels of Provincial and Federal Courts, in Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta, Heather, of Isaacs and Co, frequently embraces complex, challenging matters where victory is not obvious.

Heather develops and implements the strategy, budgeting and case management of complex litigation for private, public, national and international clients.
Recently Heather has expanded her focus to assist clients with contracts and agreements to minimize their risk. She ‘Canadianized’ the TIA shipper-broker, broker-carrier agreements as part of her work on the Transportation Intermediaries Association Contract Committee. She has experience advising clients how to risk manage the movement of bulk commodities, foodstuffs, perishables and hazardous materials.
Kim Richardson
Kim Richardson has been in the transportation industry for 34 years. Currently he is the President of KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. a multiple award winning family owned and operated business. Under the KRTS group of Businesses is Transrep Inc. and The Rear-View Mirror. Kim is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Truck Training Association of Ontario (TTSAO), Board of Director of the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI). He is the past Chairman of the Board for the Allied Trade Division of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and a Board of Director with the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) representing the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario(TTSAO). Kim is a proud husband, dad, grandpa and loves his community, Caledonia, Ontario.

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TTSAO Announces John G. Smith 2017 Conference Master Of Ceremonies

August 8th, 2016 – Hamilton, ON – John  G.  Smith,  Editor  of  Today’s  Trucking  will  be  the  Master  of   Ceremonies  for  the  TTSAO  2017  Striving  For  Excellence  Conference  on  February  15th  &  16th  hosted  by   industry  partner  Infrastructure  Health  and  Safety  Association  (IHSA)  in  Mississauga  at  the  Centre  for   Health  and  Safety  Innovation  (CHSI)  state  of  the  art  facility  in  Mississauga  Ontario.  John  G.  Smith  is  an   award-­‐winning  writer  who  has  been  bringing  value  through  his  extensive  experience  and  technical   know-­‐how  to  the  industry  for  many  years.

TTSAO  hosted  their  first  conference  in  2016.  It  was  a  full  house TTSAO-Logo-colour of  Industry   leaders,  suppliers  and  government  officials  and  the  2017  conference  committee   plans  on  making  the  2017  conference  even  better.

Charlie  Charalambous,  Chairman  of  the  TTSAO  Conference  Committee,  says   “Having  John  G.  Smith  return  as  our  Master  of  Ceremonies  is  very  exciting.  John   brings  a  wealth  of  industry  knowledge,  that  along  with  an  action  packed  agenda,
that  will  help  make  the  2nd  Annual  TTSAO  Conference  an  outstanding  event”.

The  IHSA,  a  major  sponsor  of  the  conference,  have  made  arrangements  for  the  event  to  be  held  at  the   CHSI  Building  in  Mississauga.  Kim  Richardson,  TTSAO  Chairman  of  the  Board  says,  “Partnering  with  the   IHSA  will  help  the  conference  reach  new  levels.  The  meeting  centre  at  the  CHSI  building  is  a  fantastic   venue  that  will  help  the  TTSAO  grow  our  conference  and  sponsorship  opportunities”.

The  TTSAO  conference  committee  has  finalized  the  agenda,  which  will  be  released  over  the  next  couple   of  weeks.  If  your  in  the  trucking  industry  you  won’t  want  to  miss  this  opportunity  to  network,  be   educated  and  do  business  with  some  of  the  best  people  and  companies  working  in  transportation  and
training.

For  more  information,  please  contact:

Kim  Richardson  –  Chairman,  TTSAO  –  KRTS  office  –  1-­‐800-­‐771-­‐8171  x  201  or  cell  –  905-­‐512-­‐0254  or  by
email  at  krichardson@krway.com  

Charlie  Charalambous  –  Director  of  Public  Relations,  TTSAO  –  Northbridge  Office  -­‐  1-­‐800-­‐265-­‐7173  or
cell  (416)  473-­‐3986  or  by  email  at  charlie.charalambous@nbfc.com

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TTSAO Gives Thumbs Up to MELT-Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

May 31st, 2016 -­‐ Hamilton, ON  –  The  Ministry  of  Transportation ttsao logo of  Ontario  (MTO)  was  quick  to  react  to  the   Truck  Training  Schools  Association  of  Ontario  (TTSAO)  for  not  endorsing  the  draft  standards  of  Mandatory  Entry   Level  Driver  Training  (MELT)  in  Ontario.  After  numerous  meetings,  since  the  TTSAO’s  response  to  the  MTO  and   the  transportation  community,  the  association  has  agreed  to  endorse  the  current  draft  standard.  Senior   representatives  from  MTO  has  made  the  commitment  to  ensure  all  concerns  raised  by  TTSAO  will  be  addressed   prior  to  the  full  implementation  of  MELT  in  2017.

“Our  executive  team  and  board  of  directors  along  with  the  TTSAO  Carrier  Group  were  all  very  pleased  with  the   end  result  of  the  recent  conversations  and  commitment  of  the  MTO.  They  have  agreed  to  a  timeline  to  ensure   the  concerns  raised  by  our  members  will  be  dealt  with”  said  Kim  Richardson,  Chairman  of  the  Board  for  The   TTSAO.

In  a  recent  press  release  TTSAO  could  not  endorse  the  draft  standard  because  of  key  issues  still  being  left
unclear  to  the  association  and  its  membership.  These  concerns  included:

  • -­‐ Instructor  qualification  criteria
  • -­‐ Minimum  requirements  for  training  on  standard  transmission
  • -­‐ A  clearer  definition  of  on-­‐line  training
  • -­‐ Road  test  booking  procedures  and  vehicle  configuration  for  testing
  • -­‐ Night  time  training
  • -­‐ Maximum  training  hours  per  day
  • -­‐ Clearer  definition  of  hour  breakdown  of  in  yard  training
  • -­‐ Verification  of  training  hours

Mike  Millian  President  of  the  Private  Motor  Truck  Council  (PMTC)  and  board  of  director  of  the  TTSAO   commented,  “The  MTO  has  been  great  to  work  with  through  this  entire  process.  Their  engagement  with  all   stakeholders  has  been  appreciated,  and  necessary,  to  ensure  this  standard  was  a  close  to  perfect  as  possible.   Their  recent  response  to  the  TTSAO’s  concerns  was  appreciated,  and  showed  their  commitment  to  ongoing   engagement  with  all  stakeholders.  We  look  forward  to  continuing  to  work  with  the  MTO  on  MELT  going   forward”.

Some  of  TTSAO’s  issues  fall  under  the  Private  Career  College’s  and  the  Ministry  of  Training  Colleges  and   Universities.  The  TTSAO  and  MTO  have  agreed  to  work  together  along  with  the  TTSAO  Carrier  Group,  membered   insurance  companies  of  TTSAO  and  other  industry  stakeholders  to  ensure  all  areas  are  addressed.

Geoff  Topping  Chairman  of  the  TTSAO  Carrier  Group  and  Senior  Director  of  HR  at  Challenger  Motor  Freight   commented  “Great  progress  has  been  made  in  this  process  to  insure  the  MELT  Standards  meet  the  needs  of  all   Stakeholders  and  most  importantly  help  the  province  of  Ontario  to  be  leaders  in  Transportation  Safety.  Various   groups  and  associations  have  all  worked  together  with  the  MTO  to  insure  that  this  standard  will  produce  high   quality  drivers”.

The  TTSAO,  along  with  their  industry  partners  believe  that  keeping  on  track  with  the  timeline  set  by  the  Minister
of  transportation  is  important  for  all  involved  and  the  new  standard  for  entry  level  commercial  driver  is  critical
to  eliminating  the  licensing  mills  and  ensuring  entry  level  commercial  drivers  are  properly  educated.

For  more  information  about  this  Press  Release:  

Kim  Richardson  –  Chairman,  TTSAO  –  KRTS  office  –  1-­‐800-­‐771-­‐8171  x  201  or  cell  –  905-­‐512-­‐0254  or  by  email  at
krichardson@krway.com

Mike  Millian  –  President,  Private  Motor  Truck  Council  of  Canada  –  Office:  905-­‐827-­‐0587,  Cell:  519-­‐932-­‐0902  or
by  email  at  trucks@pmtc.ca

Geoff  Topping  -­‐  Director  of  HR,  Challenger  Motor  Freight  519-­‐653-­‐9770  ext.  2624  or  by  email  at   GeoffT@challenger.com

Charlie  Charalambous  –  Director  of  Public  Relations,  TTSAO  –  Northbridge  Office  -­‐  1-­‐800-­‐265-­‐7173  or  cell  (416)
473-­‐3986  or  by  email  at  charlie.charalambous@nbfc.com

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