Today's Trucking

U.S. moves closer to tougher driver training standards

March 27, 2018 by John Smith

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Entry-level truck drivers in the U.S. will face newly mandated training requirements as of Feb. 7, 2020.

But the new training standards set out by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will not define the minimum number of in-class or in-cab training hours, as previously advocated for…


Mind the Paper Trail: Track driver files or face the consequences

February 9, 2018 John G. Smith

Kevin James Hickson has built a career on delivering metal. It began with local deliveries and a pickup truck before a co-worker told him about the job opening for someone with a Class AZ licence. All it took was training […]


Ontario Looks to Toughen Commercial Licence Training

February 25, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

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.


Insurance Companies and OTA Want Mandatory Basic Training

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Several insurance companies banded with the Ontario Trucking Alliance to ask the province for mandatory basic training for new drivers, a move they hope will help with the driver shortage.