Due to the number of accidents involving massive transport trucks on Ontario roads, the province’s Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca is promising to enact mandatory entry training for Class A drivers. These are the man and women who operate transport trucks.
Del Duca consulted with the trucking industry and other experts before deciding to bring in mandatory training come 2016.
The number of big rigs on the road has increased 80% in less than 20 years, and yet the government has not brought about meaningful rules and regulations to improve safety on Ontario’s crowded roadways.
Ontario Trucking Association president David Bradley welcomed this news.
He told the Toronto Star HERE that “there are good (driver training) schools and really bad schools — basically puppy mills,” he said. “I don’t think the quality of candidates today necessarily stacks up to what it was when you and I were kids,” he said, noting there could a shortage of about 10,000 drivers in Ontario by 2020.
Why has the government waited so long to do this, when the public and people within the transport industry have complained for so long about the lack of regulation? Do you think this mandatory training will change the quality of the drivers that take to the roads today?