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Should Transportation Start Policing Themselves

Trucking is a serious job! Forty tons of freight on a vehicle that is 75 feet long and bends in the middle is not something to be taken lightly. It takes skill, dedication, and training above other drivers on the road. If you add drugs and alcohol to the mix you are making a bomb that is traveling at 100 kilometres per hour and has the potential to do harm to many at once.

Here we are in the heart of Holiday Season with an increased presence of police enforcement with RIDE Programs and new technology for evaluating impairment putting driver impairment front and centre on the map of safe driving. But is it working?

Recently there have been an increase in driver impairment among truck drivers with alcohol or drugs. The last few reports on this the drivers were not in any type of incident but were found impaired after being stopped for another violation such as a traffic stop or inspection. Why is impairment among truck drivers increasing?

To be fair driver impairment has been in the news more over the last year with cannabis becoming legal over the last couple of years in Canada and the Holiday Season approaching. You would think with the amount of awareness and the increase in monitoring of drivers by carriers that the numbers for impairment would be going the other way, yet they seem to be increasing.

What is the answer to decreasing the trend upwards of impairment among drivers. Is it more information or additional training? Is it breathalyzers in every truck such as they have for those that have been convicted of offences?

Here are a couple of articles talking about impairment issues. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/policing/police/community-safety-policing/impaired-driving/drug-impaired-driving.html and https://madd.ca/pages/impaired-driving/overview/cannabis-and-driving/

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When I talk with other drivers at safety meetings and shows many of them have the same opinion in the fact that drivers know the importance of keeping their licences free of violations and the fact that it can greatly reduce opportunities for their career in the future. If drivers know this then why are we continuing the trend upwards.

I believe common sense needs to be added to training. As an industry we spend a lot of time training drivers for compliance to ensure the carrier can show insurance that they are keeping up on safety, but how many are training based on leadership, professionalism, and common sense decision making. How many carriers included drug and alcohol training in their training over the last year on a regular basis?

As an industry we have to start policing ourselves in a number of areas from impairment to safety to tax evasion. As we get more people involved in the industry from other cultures and Countries where laws may be different we have to enhance those standards that make our industry professional. As an industry we invest a lot of money in technology and equipment but if we can’t help a driver understand the importance of being free of drugs and alcohol and good decision making we will always be a threat to other motorists on the road. Please be safe this Holiday Season and don’t drink or do drugs when about to drive.

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 for Truck Drivers. 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 instructor of the Year Nomination Information

Do you have an instructor worthy of becoming Instructor of the Year? If so use the form below to enter them into the nomination. If you would like to see what the last recipient thought about the award listen to this interview with award winner Joe Teixeira from Rosedale Transport.

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Economical Insurance is New Silver Sponsor at 5th Annual TTSAO Conference

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.

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Concrete Ontario Supplies Lunch at TTSAO Conference in 2020

Concrete Ontario has signed on as the lunch sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference in February 2020. Thank you to Concrete Ontario for making sure attendees will be fed properly at the 5th annual TTSAO Conference.

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Quest Consulting Supplies lanyards for 5th Annual TTSAO Conference

Quest Consulting will be supplying the lanyards for the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference. Quest Consulting works closely with TTSAO to keep things running in the background and has been vital to helping out with things like the annual conference. Thank you Quest Consulting for your support.

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IHSA Signs on as Location Sponsor for TTSAO Conference

IHSA has been supporting the TTSAO for many years as a location sponsor and is returning as a location sponsor for the 5th Annual TTSAO conference. Thank you IHSA for your support.

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Find out what Michelle Roberts of IHSA has to say about sponsoring the conference.

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TTSAO Christmas General Meeting December 11, 2019

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.

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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

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Truckers Against Trafficking to Present at TTSAO December General Meeting

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
involved.

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 ttsao@ttsao.com or call
(705) 280-5577.

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Charlie Charalambous Feels the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference is a Must Attend Event

Conference board member Charlie Charalambous feels attending the TTSAO 5th Annual Conference is not only important to the industry but for anyone involved in the training aspect of the industry. Learn more in the video below.

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Leanne Quail Talks Benefits of Being a Part of the TTSAO 5th Annual Conference

Leanne Quail of Paul Quail Transport and Recruiter of the Year award winner for 2019 will be moderating a panel at the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference happening in February 2020. In the video she talks about the importance of being involved with the conference.

Leanne Quail on the 5th Annual TTSAO Conference
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