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Allway Trucking joins TTSAO Schools Family

Allway Trucking is the latest accredited school to join the TTSAO family.  Welcome Allway to the community.

Allway Trucking Services
Contact: Linda Liu
Email: allwaytrucking@yahoo.ca
Tel: 416-291-6637
Address: PH66-4168 Finch Ave. East
Toronto ON M1S 5H6

Allway Trucking

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Are You in Business or Not?

Driver Inc as it’s called is all over the news as the Canada Revenue Service (CRA) promises to crackdown on those businesses using the self employed status to avoid paying taxes when working for someone such as another owner operator or company. The practice has been around a long time and has gone through many names such as “Driver Service” “Driver Inc” and the like. Apparently the issue came up at a recent trucking conference that had members of the CRA involved and the issue began to spread like wildfire. I have been talking about this for years in my business classes so it is important to understand the issue.

What is Driver Inc?

The name is not relevant because many companies use terms like ‘Driver Service” or a company could name themselves “Driver Inc” and be legitimate. The real issue is in the relationship between the driver and the company. The practice goes like this, a driver is hired by another operator or company and told they will be an independent contractor. The driver sets themselves up as a company on paper by incorporating and goes to work for the carrier. They avoid paying taxes by writing off expenses such as their vehicle to and from work, meals, and many other items entitled for write-offs by business owners. The issue is that they are only working for one person or carrier. You are operating as a business without really being in business. This is a common practice for carriers that are avoiding paying income tax and payroll taxes for employees.

This is a very grey area because many business owners have been doing it for a long time especially owner operators that have more than one truck under their personal fleet. I have seen in the past where an owner had up to fifteen trucks and all the drivers were operating in that manner. When questioned about it he mentioned he had been audited with no problems by the CRA. His books may have been in order but if those drivers had been audited they would have been found to be in violation if they had not operating in the proper manner.

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Is it legal to set up your own driver service?

Going into business can be a very rewarding experience and something that many people will try during their lifetime, but it has to be done properly. There are no shortcuts in business and the penalties can be very steep for those that choose to work outside of the law. There are many issues to keep in mind when setting up a business, too many to talk about in one article but there are a couple easy ways to know if you are in business properly in the eyes of the CRA. I used to tell my students to worry about three things. Can you prove you have more than one customer that you work with? I always suggest at least three clients. Do you provide the tools for the job or are they supplied for you? Do you decide when you go to work and have the right to refuse work if you choose? Are your business expenses legitimate to do the work or To gain future work? If you would like to check out the actual requirements for the CRA click the link to view the pdf document outlining the requirements. https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/cra-arc/formspubs/pub/rc4110/rc4110-18e.pdf

It is legal to set yourself up in business if done properly with legitimate clients and work, but it is much more than just incorporating a name. Drivers are an easy target for these types of situations because it is enticing to be in business and it affords more money in your pocket. In the long run however the driver takes on all the liability and is paying taxes that an employer should be paying. If starting a business do your homework on the requirements and do it properly, you’ll be glad you did!

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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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TTSAO Announces Results of Second Careers Survey

Attached are the results of our survey.
This document will be used tomorrow at our meeting with MTCU.TTSAO-logo-2018 Phil, Lisa and Guy, thank you for committing to attend. We had a tremendous response regarding the survey from full membership and we had 99% response from board members who own or manage schools. It would have been nice to have 100% from our board members who own schools but you don’t always get what you ask for. Thank you to those who participated and feel free to share this document with the world. Thank you for your commitments to making the TTSAO a better Association.

TTSAO Second Careers Survey

 

About the TTSAO

The TTSAO is membership of accredited truck training schools, carriers, insurance members, and associate members helping make the truck training industry in Ontario a better place. You can learn more at www.ttsao.com

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CHET Adds 12 Seater Van to School Fleet

CHET has invested in a new vehicle as part of their program of transporting  Hamilton students back and forth to the school. This is a 12 seater van which can be called into service for license training in the future. CHET supports can support clients even better with this new investment.

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About CHET

 

We provide Industry Leading Commercial Truck Driver Training that gets you hired and into a career. We know because we actually hire over 85% of people that we train! www.chet.ca

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The Benefits of Hiring a Driver with Military Background

Talk to any recruiter about the importance of finding the right candidate for their team and you will get a whole list of reasons why this is important. Company culture, technical aspects of the job, and independent decision making are all aspects that many team members need to be successful at their jobs. Finding the candidate with all of those qualities requires recruiting personnel to either have a crystal ball or be able to read minds. I know a lot of good recruiters but none with crystal balls or that read minds. There is however ways to help you choose the right team members using past history or experience.

Usually when recruiting personnel are looking into past experience or history of an applicant they are looking for the basics such as training for the job, negatives in performance, and any risky behaviour. How many are looking deeper? How many are looking for that past experience that may be beneficial for the job?

Being a professional truck driver requires a person that can take on knowledge in many different areas, have quick decision making capabilities, and has an eye for safety. Add the mechanical aspect of the job and the day to day issues that all drivers face and you need to find not only a capable person but a superhero. People who have been in the military may just offer that type of experience.

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In the past I have had those types of people in my classes. I had a driver that was just beginning his career in trucking. He had been in the military but hadn’t driven vehicles as large as a tractor trailer. He went through the training with flying colours because he was used to following instructions. When he was introduced to the dangerous goods part of the course he was a master. It turns out he had been a dangerous goods instructor in the army. In fact his first carrier hired him to help existing employees with their dangerous goods training.

This is a benefit that may not have been discussed prior depending on the recruiting styles and process of the carrier. There are other reasons to look for someone with military experience for your team. Military personnel much like truck drivers are trained in many aspects outside of their normal role in areas such as time management, note taking, dangerous goods, communications, and other items that make driving a successful career. With the security issues we now have on a daily basis who else could be more beneficial to a team than someone experienced in looking for bad people. Many have experience with mechanical items as in basic training you are expected to take a rifle apart and put it back together. Military personnel are used to conducting inspections on equipment and looking for delays or problem-solving.

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If you are looking for new members for your team then you may want to find someone with military training. It may be the closest thing you have to crystal ball. Speaking of veterans I would like to take a moment to thank those serving in the Military past or present with warm felt thank you for your bravery and courage.

Remember all of our Veterans this November 11th.

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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Searching for a Job Halloween Style

Trick or Treat-Halloween Carriers

“Trick or Treat” is a saying many people know since childhood. You walk house to house every October 31st holding out your bag almost singing the words wondering what type of candy you will get in your bag, will it be a trick or a treat? You keep collecting candy until your bag is full and then you take it home and review all the contents usually by dumping the whole bag on the floor. The sorting Halloween costumesbegins with what you consider a trick for bad candy to the treats which are your favourites. Then the review officer takes over, usually Mom and goes through the bag to make sure nothing dangerous has been included and gives you the candy you are allowed to eat. This is a process that every kid in North America goes through on Halloween each year.

If something like Halloween can be repeated so that almost every household has the same procedure with candy and is able to weed out the bad and good candy based on taste wouldn’t it be beneficial to take that same procedure and adapt it to your job search. After all it is basically the same thing, you are applying to jobs that you really don’t know if they will be a trick or a treat of a job until you start working there. Your job search would look like this.

Step 1-Your Neighbourhood

Basic criteria for the job search such as location, career goals, interests, equipment, and pay package. This is the same as mapping out the route for your neighbourhood.

Step 2-Trick or Treating

Gather 10 job opportunities that fit the criteria you set out above and put them into a bag or folder if working electronically. Don’t look at any job opportunity details until you have collected all 10 opportunities so that you don’t get caught up in the details of just one. This is the same as trick or treating.

Step 3-Sorting

With a notepad create a summary list and start going through the opportunities collected. Toss any that don’t meet your criteria and put the ones that do on your notepad. You may want to create columns as the goal of the sort is to get a bird’s eye view of the opportunities. Once you have your list sorted and complete you are ready for the next step. This is the same as dumping all of your candy on the floor.

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Step 4-Review Officer

Contact and apply to the top 3 best job opportunities on the list. Once those three are exhausted if you still haven’t been hired go to the next three opportunities and so on until you get the best job on your list. This is the same as Mom reviewing the candy to make sure there are no suspicious elements.

If you think about it you have been doing the same system since you were a child. You are just applying it to different types of candy. In this electronic age of course you don’t have to physically go knocking on doors but the idea is the same as going out for Halloween. Get your best business costume on and get out there!

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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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CBC’s Marketplace Test Truck Safety and Training in the Industry

CBC Marketplace did a test on truck training to see how easy it was for someone to get a commercial licence and how much training was involved. We are including the story here to show you the importance of seeking out certified training sources when beginning a new career.

Read and view the story
on CBC Marketplace here.

 

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Is It Time to Think Seriously About Your Safety?

Cannabis has been legal for only a week in Canada and police throughout the Country are finding people operating motor vehicles under the influence of Cannabis. With all the education, awareness, and media on the topic you would think that everyone would be aware and prepared. That doesn’t seem to be the case however as we have seen charges laid time and time again across the Country. There was a charge in Alberta with Cannabis found in the possession of the driver and another incident with a truck driver driving erratically and hitting objects along the highway in Ontario. He was eventually chased down and arrested by police. This incident really was an issue for me as it happened in my neighbourhood with a company I am familiar with and know the products they haul. You can view the video here on that story. https://twitter.com/opp_hsd/status/1053666318459666433?s=21

At what point to do we need people to start taking their safety seriously. Most professional drivers know that how they operate in their personal vehicles can affect their licence and ultimately their careers as drivers depending on the charges. I will say that for the most part professional drivers respect their careers and drive safely outside of the truck. For those that operate south of the border as well already know that random testing can happen at anytime keeping them from engaging in drugs and alcohol that may give them test results that can affect their job. But what about the rest of the population that are driving around us?

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With the legalization of Cannabis people have been flocking to purchase points many of them to relive their teenage years or have the joy of being able to consume drugs in public. There was even a recent report that suggested that seniors are a category of the population that is growing the fastest in consumption of legal Marijuana. I understand the medical benefits, but I have seen many seniors that have trouble driving without the effects of Marijuana. Where are these people being tested before they get behind the wheel. Where is their education taking place on how long drugs stay in the system? I have many friends that have been waiting for the legalization to come about and are now very excited about being able to purchase things legally. They may know the facts that you cannot have Cannabis in the vehicle, but what if they smoked it before they started to drive? What if they consumed it the day before, are they still impaired?

Educating people on the effects of drugs are going to take a long time and I hope it happens soon. We keep educating the people who are already being educated on a regular basis and have things like random testing in place. Most professional drivers understand the dangers of being impaired and hopefully those that haven’t caught on to this yet will learn before they do harm to someone. What we need to do is educate all of those around us and fast!

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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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TTSAO General Meeting December 11th, 2018

This open meeting will cover a variety of topics and will include participation from TTSAO Schools, Carriers, Insurance, Industry Suppliers and more.

What:            General Meeting

Where:          IHSA Conference Centre, 5110 Creekbank Road – TTSAO-logo-2018Mississauga, ON

When:           Tuesday December 11, 2018

Time:            10:00am – Noon

AGENDA

  • The Provincial Government Cap update
  • TTSAO/Paybright Instructor of the Year announcement
  • Conference Overview (Topics/Panels)

Networking Session

  • Insuring MELT drivers – The Insurance Perspective
    • Industry experts will share their thoughts on MELT & it’s effect on the Industry since inception.
    • Session will consist of a Panel of Insurance Experts, Moderated by Guy Broderick, Chairperson of TTSAO Carrier Group
  • Carriers Hiring MELT drivers – The Carriers Perspective
    • Pro’s and Con’s of MELT
    • Session will consist of a Panel of Carrier Group Members, Moderated by Lisa Arseneau, Chairperson of TTSAO Insurance Group
  • MELT Update – Ministry of Transportation
  • Closing Remarks

Please RSVP to ttsao@ttsao.com to reserve your spot.

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TTSAO Instructor of the Year Award

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 18th, 2018 – Hamilton, ON: The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased to announce a new award to be presented annually to honor commercial driver instructors.

The first ever TTSAO/Paybright Commercial Driving Instructor of TTSAO-logo-2018the Year award will be presented to a successful recipient at the 4th Annual TTSAO Conference scheduled for February 27th and 28th 2019. The TTSAO has appointed a committee to review all applications submitted by TTSAO schools and carriers. The successful candidate will need to meet or exceed the following criteria:

  • Minimum 10 years verifiable experience
  • Clean abstract
  • Must be employed at a TTSAO School or TTSAO Carrier Member
  • Must be a full-time employee of the school or carrier

The committee will also review the following to support the candidates application:

  • Any volunteerism, community and industry involvement
  • Support letters provided by their employer, customers or industry associates
  • Any certifications achieved

Charlie Charalambous, Director of Communications & Public Relations for the TTSAO Commented “This award will go a long way to recognize the commercial driving instructors that provide excellent training, coaching and mentoring for our industry”.

“As a partner for the TTSAO PayBright offers students financial PayBright-logoassistance to get certified training with TTSAO accredited schools and we’re proud to sponsor this award” said Ryan Kellock, Director of Business Development at PayBright. “We’re honored to co-sponsor this award and am sure it is going to a well deserving school and partner”

For more information on the award criteria and how to submit an application please email ttsao@ttsao.com or visit ttsao.com.

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

Kim Richardson – Chairman, 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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Instructor Nomination Form

Conference Registration Form

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