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Ontario to Introduce Mandatory Entry-Level Training for Class A Truck Drivers

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has recently introduced a mandatory four to six week entry-level training course for commercial Class A truck drivers. The new Commercial Truck Driver Training Standard (Class A) will be available early July, 2016.

Individuals seeking a Class A license in Ontario on or after July 1, 2017 will need to successfully complete mandatory entry-level training before attempting the Class A road test. Individuals who already have a Class A license before this date will not be required to take training.

Quick facts regarding this implementation:

  • Mandatory entry-level training will be delivered by Private Career Colleges, Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology and recognized authorities under the Ministry of Transportation’s Driver Certification Program.
  • A Class A licence is needed to drive a commercial motor vehicle towing a trailer that exceeds 4,600 kg.
  • Mandatory entry-level training course completion will be recorded by approved training providers on a provincial web-based system and verified by Drive Test Centres prior to allowing an applicant to attempt a Class A road test.
  • In 2014, there were approximately 291,155 large trucks in Ontario and 191,291 Class A drivers, representing 1.83 per cent of the entire driving population.

For more information regarding this, please refer to the below link or contact us directly.

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