Ontario introduces Canada’s first entry-level driver training program
Posted July 11, 2016
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) introduced mandatory entry-level training for new commercial Class A truck drivers. A Class A license is required to drive a commercial motor vehicle towing a trailer exceeding 4,600 kg (10,141 lbs).
The mandatory training will impact any new applicant for a Class A driver’s license on or after July 1, 2017. These individuals will be required to successfully complete a mandatory entry-level training course before attempting the road test. Those already holding a Class A license will not be required to complete the training.
The following outlines how the entry-level driver training program will work:
- The training will be provided by Private Career Colleges, Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology, and recognized authorities under the Ministry of Transportation’s Driver Certification Program.
- The training providers will have one year to develop curriculum based on provincial training standards. According to MTO, the new standards will be released early July, 2016.
- The approved training providers will set the course fees and it will take students approximately four to six weeks to complete the course.
- Once an individual completes the course, it will be recorded on a provincial web-based system by the approved training provider and then it will be verified by Drive Test Centers before an applicant can attempt a Class A road test.
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