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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.

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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of 2017 and said “do we really want to risk sending these new drivers into the industry unprepared and trained on outdated equipment and with underpaid instructors?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 www.ttsao.com or contact:

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations – TTSAO, TTSAO Board of Director – ccharalambous@isbc.ca or (905) 699 – 8837

Lisa Arseneau – Commercial Producer – Staebler Insurance, Chairperson TTSAO Insurance Group, TTSAO Board of Director – larseneau@staebler.com 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 trucks@pmtc.ca

Ed Popkie – President, 5th Wheel Training Institute, TTSAO Board of Director epopkie@5wti.com or 888-701-8759

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 (www.eaglesflight.com), a global leader in education, at their facility in Guelph, Ontario.

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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*
Non-member
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 info@pmtc.ca, 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. (www.krway.com) and TransRep Inc. (transrep.ca). 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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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:
https://www.trucknews.com/transportation/canadian-driver-wins-highway-angel-award/1003084675/

You can learn more about John Weston on Challenger’s website by clicking the link below:
https://www.challenger.com/challenger-angel-john-w/

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. http://ttsao.com/2018/03/07/ttsao-announce-hiring-event-may-26th-2018/

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

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CHET Awards Driver for Passing 3000th Road Test

Commercial Heavy Equipment Training (CHET) hit a big bench mark when a student passed their test recently. Student Russell Stoney passed the 3000th road test  with the training school.

Russell Stoney was awarded a gift from the training school and is currently enrolled in the 200 hour certified program with the school. Congratulations to Russell for passing his test and CHET for hitting test number 3000.

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About CHET

Commercial Heavy Equipment Training Ltd. (CHET) was formed nearly 20 years ago, in 1997, as a subsidiary of the Musket Transport Ltd. to provide a high caliber of training to the industry through its graduates. Most transportation companies now demand that new drivers graduate from a certified training program as a prerequisite to employment. Learn more at www.chet.ca

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OTA Asks Education Ministry to Boost Funding for Driver Training

OTA Asks Education Ministry to Boost Funding for Driver Training

(Dec. 14, 2018) — The Ontario Trucking Association is appealing to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to open funding for commercial truck driver training through the ‘Second Career’ government funded programs.

In a letter to the Strategic Workforce Policy and Programs Branch, OTA pointed out the higher costs for truck drivers to receive training under mandatory entry level training (MELT), combined with 2009 Government of Ontario decision to restrict Second Career funding for truck driving to $40 per hour, created a significant barrier to entry for Second Career applicants into the trucking sector at a time when demand for truck drivers continues to increase.

MELT, which was strongly supported by OTA, requires a minimum number of training hours student must receive when obtaining their class A licence – 36.5 hours in the classroom; 17 hours around the vehicle and 50 hours behind the wheel, for a total of 103.5 hours.

Most Second Career funding applicants choose truck-driver as their first choice for funding but find it difficult to benefit from the program, says OTA.

With MELT training being mandatory at 103.5 hours, Second Career applicants receive just over $4000 in funding while MELT programs currently cost between $7000 and $7500. OTA says that closing this gap would help lessen the impact of the ongoing truck driver shortage in the industry.

“OTA understands most Second Career training applicants receive close to full funding for their selection. OTA is asking the Ministry to review the $40 per hour cap and institute a funding policy which would allow applicants selecting truck driving as a second career to receive adequate funding for their selection,” OTA wrote.

Marco Beghetto | VP of Communications & New Media,
Ontario Trucking Association/Canadian Trucking Alliance
Phone: 416-249-7401 | Fax: 1-866-713-4188

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TTSAO Announces Addition to Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 24, 2018 – Hamilton, ON:

On Tuesday January 16th the Truck Training Schools Association of Lisa ArseneauOntario (TTSAO) Board of Directors voted unanimously to create a new seat on the board. This new seat was created to include the newly formed TTSAO Insurance Group. Lisa Arseneau, current chairman of the insurance group, will fill the new seat. Arseneau has been in involved in the trucking industry, on the insurance side, since 1987.

Arseneau says, “With the trucking industry being so Driver reliant, graduates are going to play a vital role. I applaud my insurer partners for recognizing and participating in the TTSAO Insurance Group in such a positive fashion. I am very honored to be accepted to the TTSAO Board and look forward to an exciting year!”

The insurance group consists of brokers and insurance company ttsao logorepresentatives who are associate members of the TTSAO. The TTSAO has always viewed insurance companies and brokers as an extended customer of the TTSAO schools. Following a student’s successful completion of a TTSAO course it is very important to carriers to ensure students are insurable so that industry can hire them. The TTSAO Membered Schools certify thousands of students every year and are the number one supplier of entry level graduates collectively to the industry in the Province.

Charlie Charalambous, TTSAO Director of Communications and Public Relations says, “The TTSAO Board of Directors is very excited to include representation from the Insurance Group on the Board. Lisa brings many years of knowledge and passion for the industry and we are all excited to have her on the board as we continue to grow the association”.

For more information visit www.ttsao.com or contact:

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca or (905) 699 – 8837

Lisa Arseneau – Commercial Producer – Staebler Insurance – larseneau@staebler.com or (519) 743-5882

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PMTC’s YLG “Driven to Lead” Education Program

Milton, Ontario: The Young Leaders Group (YLG) of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s (PMTC) ‘Driven to Lead’ program is sponsored by KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. (www.krway.com) and TransRep Inc. (transrep.ca).

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

The program will be facilitated by Eagle’s Flight (www.eaglesflight.com) at their facility in Guelph, Ontario. Eagle’s Flight is known as a global leader in education for their approach to delivering training programs that are business-relevant and invoke lasting behavioral change.

The program consists of four separate full-day modules. Participants can elect to complete the entire ‘Driven to Lead’ 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 ‘Driven to Lead’ program will commence in 2018. The full-day program modules have 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*

Non-member
· Entire program (four modules) = $2,300*

· Per program module (one module) = $625*

* Registration costs are subject to HST

Not a member of the PMTC and the YLG? Take advantage of our trial membership offer. For $110, you can experience the benefits of YLG membership and member pricing for a 1-year trial period. For more information, e-mail Hinna Shaukat at info@pmtc.ca, or call 905-827-0587.

The YLG and PMTC want to recognize 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.

To register for the entire program or individual program modules, e-mail Hinna Shaukat at info@pmtc.ca, or call 905-827-0587. More information about the training facility and program schedule will be provided upon registration.

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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TTSAO Insurance Group Is Formed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 12, 2017 – Hamilton, ON:

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased to announce the formation of the TTSAO Insurance Group. Following the successful launch of the TTSAO Carrier Group in 2016 the TTSAO Board of Directors felt that an Insurance Group would add additional value to its membership as the association continues to grow.

The insurance group consists of brokers and insurance company ttsao logorepresentatives who are associate members of the TTSAO. The TTSAO has always viewed insurance companies and brokers as an extended customer of the TTSAO schools. Following a student’s successful completion of a TTSAO course it is very important to carriers to ensure students are insurable so that industry can hire them. The TTSAO Membered Schools certify thousands of students every year and are the number one supplier of entry level graduates collectively to the industry in the Province.

Lisa Arseneau of Staebler Insurance has been appointed by the newly formed group as the chairperson. Arseneau has been in involved in the trucking industry, on the insurance side, since 1987. She played an instrumental role representing insurance companies during the drive for the voluntary apprenticeship program for commercial drivers in Ontario.

Arseneau says, “As an insurance professional, I am very excited to Lisa ArseneauChair the newly formed Insurance Group. We have already had great response from the Insurance Industry and our first meeting this past week demonstrated that. Having representation from all of the major truck insurers is imperative for our group to be effective. We look forward to working with the TTSAO on lobbying efforts, instructor certification/recognition and insurance driver eligibility”.

For more information visit www.ttsao.com or contact:

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO – ccharalambous@isbc.ca or (905) 699 – 8837

Lisa Arseneau – Commercial Producer – Staebler Insurance – larseneau@staebler.com or (519) 743-5882

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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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