The Toronto Star has obtained data, via a freedom-of-information request, on the pass rate for motorists seeking their Class A tractor-trailer licence at various testing centres across the province.
The results reveal a big gap between the rates in the GTA and those in rural areas of Ontario, for the five years spanning 2010 – 2014.
Bancroft, which plays host to many Ontarians seeking an easy pass when obtaining their Class G licence, commands a pass rate of 92%.
You stand an 88% chance of passing in Renfrew.
Belleville’s pass rate is trucking along at 86%
Take you trucking test in the GTA, and you face a much lower pass rate.
The Woodbridge DriveTest Centre passes only 47% of those who try.
Brampton boasts a 55% pass rate, with Downsview coming in higher at 67%.
Pine Valley Driving Academy owner Naeem Cheema told The Toronto Star that “the ministry of transportation should look into this. Take Bancroft, for example. It’s a rural area. There are no 400-series highways and not much traffic on the roads. Then you have drivers coming back to Toronto and driving on our busiest highways. They should be doing their tests in the GTA.”
Should truckers who do a majority of their driving in the GTA be forced to take their test in said area? Should pass rates be even across the board, no matter where you take your exam?
Do you fault these drivers for taking the test where they’re more likely to pass? Wouldn’t you do the same thing to ensure that you would be successful in your attempt?