Ontario issues entry-level training proposal for commercial truck drivers

Class A applicants would be required to complete course prior to road test

Posted February 29, 2016

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has released a proposal for mandatory entry-level training for commercial truck drivers. The new rules would require any new applicant for a Class A driver’s license to successfully complete a mandatory entry-level training course before attempting the road test. MTO is also proposing to update the written and road tests for all commercial class licenses.

Presently, individuals can obtain a Class A license by completing a knowledge and road test without taking a training course.

The proposal states that authorized training providers will conduct the entry-level training course. Three types of trainers are being proposed. They are: a Private Career College registered under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005; an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology; or a recognized authority under MTO's Driver Certification Program.

MTO says trainers will need to develop curriculum based on new common core training standards. The new standards are expected to be released by summer 2016.

Under the proposal applicants will be required to pay for the entry-level training course and the trainers will set their own fee. MTO expects to have more details on the cost and duration of the course once the approved training providers receive the new standards and update their curriculum.

According to MTO, the mandatory training and testing requirements will help ensure that commercial drivers are adequately trained before they obtain a license.


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