Gerald Carroll is the TTSAO Conference Chairperson and talks about some of the changes coming up for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference in February 2020. Join us for the conference by registering with the link below.
As we come to the end of another year and decade we have to take a look at the truck driver training industry and hope we are improving on lessons learned throughout the year. Our industry is changing rapidly with a mix of better and worse. Training standards, regulations, and industry employment all seem to be mixing together causing our industry to re-evaluate where it is going and where we’ve come from. So where are we in this mix?
From a training standpoint things are improving. Entry Level Training was implemented a couple years ago and governing bodies continue to tweak the regulations and improve the testing standards within the Province and across the Country. The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) was a leader in helping form the new training standards with the Ministry of Transportation and continues to work closely with them to improve the training aspects of our industry.
Truck driver training instructors began to be scrutinized at the end of 2018 and became a major focus for the TTSAO in 2019. They increased the profile of the instructor by having the Instructor of the Year award presented to industry veteran Joe Teixeira of Rosedale Transport and will now be an annual competition at the TTSAO Conferences. With over three decades of experience of the first winner it makes competition tough for the future, but a good benchmark to have for top instructors.
Qualifications for instructors were a main focus for the association in 2019 and continues to be talked about with industry partners to find a common certification for all instructors in the industry. So the training aspect of the industry has been improving well and looks good for the near future.
Where we have had problems is in the employment side of the industry. 2019 had some large carriers go out of business leaving drivers stranded in some cases on the road. Insurance renewals for carriers has tightened up and some carriers are having trouble finding insurance premiums to operate. Insurance providers are working on solutions to improve carrier insurability and also enhance driver employment for younger drivers.
The driver shortage continues with technology being a strong focus for filling the driver gap. Foreign workers have also resurfaced over the year as a solution for bringing more people into the industry. The immigration issues for all of North America has caused this issue to be a troublesome issue to figure out.
Other topics that have surfaced are human trafficking and cargo theft which are rising year after year. The TTSAO is planning on implementing these topics into their training programs to help in the fight against these crimes from an awareness standpoint.
All in all the TTSAO is on the forefront for many of these important issues and continues to work to make the truck driver training industry a better place. On behalf of the TTSAO we would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe Christmas.
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
Economical Insurance has been involved with the TTSAO for years and has become a silver sponsor for the next conference happening in February 2020. Thank you Economical Insurance for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the 5th annual TTSAO Conference.
As you have all already heard we’re really excited about our TTSAO Christmas Meeting. The agenda has some excellent presenters including Heather Fry, Director for Truckers Against Trafficking and Jim Dimech from Praxair Canada. You will learn how we as industry can play a role in fighting human trafficking. Additionally, we will have a representative from the Carrier Safety and Enforcement, Ministry of Transportation talking about the new Action Plan for the Trucking Industry.
It will be two hours of education and information followed by a nice lunch courtesy of our generous sponsors. This event will be a good opportunity to network with industry professionals at all levels. The meeting will take place at the beautiful Lionhead Golf and Conference Center in Brampton.
The TTSAO is looking for sponsors for this event. The investment for your company is $500.00. In return your company and brand will be featured on numerous social media feeds, press releases, signage at the event and mentions during the event. This is a great way to get your organizations name and brand in front of many decision makers while supporting the TTSAO at the same time.
Thank you to Manitoulin Transport, Rims Transport, HBC Transportation & Vagans Inc. Transportation Risk Management for already committing as sponsors.
For more information about sponsorship please contact:
Charlie Charalambous, Director of Client Services – ISB Global Services and NRRS Chairperson – 905-699-8837
Kim Richardson, President – TransRep 1-800-771-8171 ext. 201
The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) will
be hosting a general meeting for their members, industry guests and stakeholders from 10 am – 12 noon on Wednesday December 11th, 2019 at Lionhead Golf and Conference Centre.
The TTSAO is pleased to announce that part of the agenda will include an awareness presentation by Heather Fry, Canadian Director of Truckers Against Trafficking, and Jim Dimech of Praxair Canada Inc. who will provide a carrier’s perspective and speak about the importance of trucking companies getting
Hope to see you there!
Read the full press release here!
Seating is limited for this meeting so if you would like to attend please email email@example.com or call
On October 22nd the TTSAO met with Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney and her staff to discuss a variety of topics. The Minister and her staff were provided with a history of previous meetings with the Auditor General and previous Ministers of Transportation. Some of the key issues discussed were:
- Lack of consistency with MELT and the need for MELT to be extended to all license classes
- The need for Instructor Certification
- Concerns with Advanced Standing
- Entry level drivers testing on automatic transmissions
- The TTSAO Pre-Qualification/ Requalification Program
- Our concerns with the MTO stakeholder meetings not continuing
- Next steps and other planned meetings
Overall the meeting was very positive and the Minister and her staff will review the supporting documentation provided. We look forward to continuing our meetings with government on behalf of the TTSAO Members and will continue to provide updates as new information is available.
Vickie DeVos of IMVR will be one of three presenters offering information on technology in training facilities at the 5th annual TTSAO conference. As technology takes over our world there needs to be a new way of training those using new systems and information. DeVos will be on the panel moderated by John G. Smith talking about technology in training facilities.
About Vickie DeVos
After spending many years leading our sister company, Fleet-Tax Services, speaking to many carriers through our workshops, I had the feeling there is a need for a system to enhance training and adding compliance.
The vision I had is very simple, using Virtual Reality to bring more safety to our roads through a fully immersive product that can is portable, easy to use and cost less than one insurance claim.
We love what we do and it shows. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the many fields of transportation and IT, we understand our industries. There’s no challenge too big or too small, and we dedicate our utmost energy to the project we take on. We are focused and determined to enhance driving patterns by revolutionizing the transportation industry through a new way of learning. Every client is unique. That’s why we customize every one of our plans to fit your needs exactly.
Learn more about the TTSAO Conference
May 21, 2019
REMINDER – Last Chance to Register: The TTSAO Carrier Group will be holding a meeting on Thursday May 23, 2019 at Linamar Corporation in Guelph at 700 Woodlawn Road from 8:30am to 9:30am. The meeting is free of charge to attend and is open to all carriers, for hire and private. The agenda will include an overview of the new TTSAO auditing and oversight program as well as a proposed marketing initiative for recruiting people into the training industry.
Following the auditing and overview portion of the meeting the TTSAO Carrier Group will be featuring a session called “How We Do It, A Carrier’s Perspective”. This session will have three for hire and private carriers each presenting on recruiting, interviewing, road testing and on-boarding entry level drivers. In this session carrier representatives will share their thoughts on how they are recruiting, and on-boarding entry level students recently graduated from commercial driver training schools.
After the 3 presentations the carriers will gather as a panel and there will be an open Q/A moderated by Guy Broderick, Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group.
During the general session an update will also be provided on the recently introduced TTSAO auditing and oversight program which is managed by the TTSAO Insurance Group. This recently implemented auditing process, for both new prospective members and existing TTSAO members, who operate commercial truck driving schools has been launched with success. Lisa Arseneau, Chairperson of the TTSAO Insurance Group, will provide an overview of the program to-date.
The meeting for the TTSAO Carrier Group is for Carriers only is scheduled for 8:30 – 9:30am
The general session will take place from 10 am to noon and is open to anyone in the industry who would like to attend.
For more information contact:
iThe new award of the year titled the “Instructor of the Year Award” was presented to Joe Texeira from Rosedale Transport. Joe has been with Rosedale for 32 years and was so emotional he almost couldn’t speak as he accepted this well deserved award. Joe is a top notch instructor in the industry and it will be hard to follow him for future award winners. The Instructor of the Year Award was presented by TTSAO and Paybright.
Check out the criteria for the award and register your instructor for next year
You can learn more about the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario at www.ttsao.com