Do you remember those games that used to come in the newspapers or sometimes in books by themselves? You circle a number on the page, then draw a line to the next number. You keep going until you have a picture completed through connecting the dots. When I was a kid and traveling with my parents they used to buy my brother and I one of those books before each trip. So why am I telling you about picture books in a transportation column?
What picture books did for us on an airplane the TTSAO is doing in real life. They are connecting the dots so to speak. By increasing the network of players interested in having safe, quality drivers on the road they are providing a whole picture for the industry. By having the carriers, the schools, and associates all having a voice as to what builds a professional driver, curriculums can be set in place to make sure the driver is well trained.
A few years ago the issues being discussed were mainly training issues because the only people in the room were training schools. Now that many other players are connected to TTSAO the issues and people attending the meetings have been more engaged than ever before. The TTSAO has now formed a Carrier’s Group to help carriers have a voice in the training of new drivers. An annual conference has been scheduled for February 2016 to discuss issues regarding retention for drivers. Last but not least TTSAO has connected with industry regulators to discuss changes in testing and other serious issues within the training circle. These are some serious dots that the Association has started connecting all over the last year. By doing that they are bringing the real picture of the training world to light.
So if you would like to help complete the picture then the best way is to get involved. Sign up for the annual conference on February 23-24th, 2016 and meet the other people in the network. If you are a carrier then you may want to get involved with the TTSAO Carrier Group with Geoff Topping of Challenger Motor Freight Inc. If you are a certified school then join the group as a Member. If you work with schools but are not a training school then the Associate Membership is the one for you. No matter how you want to be involved there is a place for you. Just get your dot on the page and start connecting.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge has been in the transportation industry for over 30 years. He is an artist, author of the books Driven to Drive and Running By The Mile, consultant, and speaker. TTSAO also known as the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario has certified member schools in the truck training industry ensuring quality entry level drivers enter the transportation industry. To learn more about the TTSAO or to find a certified school in your areas visit www.ttsao.com