TORONTO, ON — Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) are proposing to play a key role in the training, testing and licensing of truck drivers, all in an effort to curb the rise of “licensing mills” that dole out sub-par training.
Training schools that charge less than $1,000 for commercial class driver programs are able to avoid provincial regulations, but the Ontario government is looking to close the loophole, having uploaded a new proposal to the Ontario Regulatory Registry on Monday that calls for pubic feedback.
A typical government sanctioned driver training program costs about $8,000. “The introduction of mandatory training, in addition to the testing requirements, is designed to ensure that commercial truck drivers are properly trained before they are licensed,” states Ontario’s new registry posting.
Ontario is proposing three types of mandatory entry-level training: 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.
As part of its proposal, MTO says it is also updating the subject matter of written tests for all commercial class licences. The new standards are expected to be released by summer 2016. Training providers will have approximately one year to develop their curriculum and to obtain necessary approvals.