Fleet Safety Council Chapter Meetings Set to Resume in September

The chapters of the Fleet Safety Council (FSC) are set to resume meetings this month. FSC chapter meetings have been meeting virtually since the start of the pandemic however, many are now set to return to an in-person format starting with the September meetings. Some chapters will be using the September meetings to meet virtually while final preparations are made for their return to in-person.

Many chapters have updated their meeting locations so please check the list below to confirm where your local chapter is meeting.

Eastern Ontario Chapter (Ottawa):

  • Date: Tuesday Tuesday September 13, 2022 (Second Tuesday of each month)
  • Time: 9:00
  • September meeting format: Virtual
  • The chapter will be meeting virtually in September and is exploring options for return to in-person at the IHSA Training Facility in Ottawa (2515 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON K1H 1B1)

Central Ontario Chapter (Kitchener):

  • Date: Tuesday September 13, 2022 (Second Tuesday of each month)
  • Time: 9:00
  • September meeting format: Virtual
  • The chapter will return to an in-person format starting in October and will now be meeting at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 272 (26 Schofield St, Cambridge, ON N3C 1Y3)

Southern Chapter (Windsor):

  • Date: Wednesday September 14, 2022 (Second Wednesday of each month)
  • Time: 9:30
  • September meeting format: In-person
  • The chapter will return to an in-person format starting in September and will now be meeting at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594 (5030 Howard Ave, Windsor, ON N9A 6Z6)

Toronto Chapter:

  • Date: Thursday September 15, 2022 (Third Thursday of each month)
  • Time: 9:00
  • September meeting format: In-person
  • The chapter will return to an in-person format starting in September and will now be meeting at the Offices of the Ontario Trucking Association (555 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1H8)

Southwestern Chapter (London):

  • Date: Tuesday September 20, 2022 (Third Tuesday of each month)
  • Time: 9:00
  • September meeting format: In-person
  • The chapter will return to an in-person format starting in September and will be meeting once again at the the Ontario Truck Driving School London Campus (427 Exeter Rd, London, ON N6E 2Z3).
    Note: All chapter members are asked to wear masks for the September meeting.

Northern Ontario Chapter (Sudbury):

  • Date: Tuesday September 27, 2022 (Quarterly meetings)
  • Time: 9:30
  • September meeting format: Hybrid meeting (in-person with virtual option)
  • The chapter will be resuming with a hybrid meeting. The Chapter will now be meeting at the IHSA Training Facility in Sudbury (2141 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, ON P3A 2A3)

Central Eastern Ontario Chapter (Durham)

  • Date: Thursday Wednesday September 28, 2022 (Meeting dates TBD)
  • Time: 9:00
  • September meeting format: Hybrid meeting (in-person with virtual option)
  • The chapter will be starting with a hybrid meeting with plans have in-person meetings only soon. The chapter will now be meeting at the IHSA Training Facility in Bowmanville (415 Baseline Rd W, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K3)

Hamilton/Niagara Chapter:

  • Date: Thursday September 29, 2022 (Last Thursday of each month)
  • Time: 9:00
  • September meeting format: In-person
  • The chapter will return to an in-person format starting in September and will now be meeting at the Peach King Centre (162 Livingston Ave, Grimsby, ON L3M 5P7)

For more details please contact your local chapter or email admin@fleetsafetycouncil.com.


FSC Annual Conference Early Bird Pricing Ending on August 31st

The Fleet Safety Council (FSC) Conference Committee would like to remind anyone interested in attending this year’s in-person event that early bird discounts end on August 31.
After two successful years of hosting the Fleet Safety Educational Conference in an online format, the conference committee is happy to announce this year’s event will take place in person on October 14.

Pricing for this years conference is:

  • In-Person Conference Admission: $250 ($299 as of September 1st)
  • Virtual (streaming only) Conference: $125 ($250 as of September 1st)

For more details on this years event please see the helpful links below:


Hours of Service Out of Service Declarations: MTO Registry Alert

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing to introduce out-of-service declarations for some hours of service violations. An out-of-service declaration prohibits a driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a designated period. When implemented, the driver will have a legal obligation to comply with the declaration. A commercial motor vehicle operator will have a legal obligation to ensure that a driver, operating under the operator’s authority, complies with the out of service declaration.

Out-of-service declarations will help to mitigate driver fatigue, which is a leading collision causation factor for commercial drivers. Use of these declarations against non-compliant drivers will contribute to fairness and a level playing field among trucking and bus industry competitors.

This proposal was posted on August 19th, 2022 and will remain open for comment until October 3rd, 2022.

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Meet the 2022 Fleet Safety Council 31st Annual Conference Sponsors

Last Updated: 27Sep2022

On behalf of the Fleet Safety Council Conference Committee we would like to thank all of our sponsors for their commitment and dedicated sponsorship. Through their ongoing support we are able to provide our delegates with a fantastic line up of speakers once again. To show our appreciation the committee would like to encourage all of our members to take the time to review the offerings of our sponsors and support those that have made this conference possible. Visit our 2022 Conference Sponsor Page to learn more about each of these great organizations.

The FSC conference committee has made the decision to return to an in-person event once again this year where many of our sponsors will be exhibiting their products and services. Don’t miss your opportunity to meet representatives from these great organizations at the conference.

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference there are still some opportunities available! For more information please see our 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities Chart or contact the sponsorship committee (Rick Brown and Donna Bisch) at sponsorship@fleetsafetycouncil.com .

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Class A Manual Transmission Restriction in Ontario Begins July 1st, 2022

Effective July 1, 2022, drivers must complete their Class A or Class A restricted (AR) road test in a vehicle with a manual transmission that consists of at least eight forward gears with a high-low range or a restriction will be placed on their license. Drivers with restrictions cannot operate Class A/AR vehicles with a manual transmission in Ontario and will only be permitted to operate automatic, semi-automatic or automated-manual transmission Class A/AR vehicles.

Please note that a motor vehicle is considered to have a manual transmission if it has:

  • A driver-operated clutch that is activated by a pedal or lever, or
  • A driver operated gear-shift mechanism (operated by hand or foot and does not use the assistance of automation)

The restriction will be placed on the driver record and driver’s license. This restriction does not apply to the operation of lower-class vehicles such as Class G or D.

This restriction does not apply to anyone who completed their Class A/AR road test before July 1, 2022, however if someone is required by the Province to complete a class A road test after July 1st 2022, for any reason, and the test is completed in an auto shift vehicle, they will receive a restriction on their license, regardless of how long they may have previously had a class A license.

For full details please follow this link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-truck-drivers-licence#manual_transmission


FSC 31st Annual Conference Announces Full Agenda

The Fleet Safety Council (FSC) Conference Committee is please to announce the full agenda and speaker information for their annual event scheduled for Friday October 14th, 2022. The FSC recently announced the return to an in-person event, which will be taking place at Millennium Gardens Banquet Centre in Brampton. The one-day educational sessions are preceded by the FSC’s annual networking events taking place on Thursday October 13th.

Keynote Speaker: Liane Davey

The agenda for the conference includes:

  • Session 1: Transportation Industry Update with Mike Millian (The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada)
  • Session 2: Nuclear Verdicts with Kim Stoll (Fernandes Hearn LLP)
  • Session 3: Refocusing Our Efforts: How to Structure Your Corporate Policy and Due Diligence Efforts with Rui Fernandes (Fernandes Hearn LLP)
  • Session 4: Mobile Phone Evidence in Motor Carrier Accident Cases with Lars Daniel (Envista Forensics)
  • Session 5: Keynote Speaker Liane Davey: The Good Fight
  • Session 6: It’s The Right Time To “Choose to Truck” with Mike McCarron (Rite Route Supply Chain Solutions)

Click here to read full speaker bios and session descriptions.

Registration is managed through Eventbrite and is now open.

Sponsorship Opportunities are still available for the event. If you are interested in sponsoring please email sponsorship@fleetsafetycoucil.com.

Click here to see the list the complete list of confirmed sponsors.


Suspension of Vaccine Requirement Mandate

On June 14th, 2022 , the Government of Canada announced that, as of June 20th at 00:01 EDT, vaccination will no longer required to board a plane or train in Canada. Additionally, employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors will no longer be required to have mandatory vaccination policies in place for employees. They also updated that due to the unique nature of cruise ships vaccination against COVID-19 is still required for passengers and crew on cruise ships operating in Canadian waters.

Crown corporations and separate agencies will also be asked to suspend vaccine requirements. Furthermore, the Government of Canada is no longer moving forward with proposed regulations under Part II (Occupational Health and Safety) of the Canada Labour Code to make vaccination mandatory in all federally regulated workplaces.

Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents returning from international destinations who do not qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption continue to be required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, remain subject to Day 1 and Day 8 molecular testing, and quarantine for 14 days. Canadians who leave the country will still be required to adhere to other countries’ vaccination requirements, including those in in the U.S. that keep unvaccinated Canadian truckers from crossing the border and the Canadian border will continue to remain closed to unvaccinated truckers.

The Government of Canada’s decision to suspend the mandatory vaccination requirement for the domestic transportation sector was informed by key indicators, including:

  • The evolution of the virus;
  • The epidemiologic situation and modelling (stabilization of infection and hospitalizations across the country);
  • Vaccine science; and,
  • High levels of vaccination in Canada against COVID-19.

Here are some of the updates from the announcement:

Requirement for Vaccinations Suspended for Domestic and Outbound Travel:

  • As of June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT, vaccination will no longer be a requirement to board a plane or train in Canada.
  • This change does not affect border measures that require all travellers entering Canada to continue following entry requirements, including vaccination.
  • Other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, continue to apply and will be enforced throughout a traveller’s journey on a plane or train.

Cruise Ship Travel:

Vaccination against COVID-19 is still required for passengers and crew on cruise ships operating in Canadian waters.

Adherence to strict public health requirements on cruise ships will still be required.

Federally Regulated Transportation Sector Workers:

  • As of June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT, employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors will no longer be required to have mandatory vaccination policies in place for employees.
  • Employers will be responsible for establishing return-to-work practices.

Masking Requirements

  • Travellers on federally regulated planes and trains continue to be required to wear a mask throughout their journey except for brief periods (e.g., eating or drinking).
  • Passengers on cruise ships will be expected to follow the masking requirements and other hygiene measures as directed by the ship’s crew, regardless of whether they are foreign or domestic.

Entry Requirements Remain for Travel to Canada from Abroad:

  • Vaccine requirements for entry into Canada by foreign nationals remain unchanged at this time.
  • Foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated continue to be prohibited entry into Canada.
  • Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents returning from international destinations who do not qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption continue to be required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, remain subject to Day 1 and Day 8 molecular testing, and quarantine for 14 days.
  • In addition, all travellers entering Canada are required to input their mandatory information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada. Travellers who arrive without completing their ArriveCAN submission may be subject to Day 1, Day 8 molecular testing, quarantine for 14 days, and to fines or other enforcement actions, regardless of their vaccination status.

Please see the links below for additional information on the announcement: :

  • News Release: Suspension of the vaccine mandates for domestic travellers, transportation workers and federal employees
  • Backgrounder: Suspension of the mandatory vaccination requirement for domestic travellers and federally regulated transportation workers

TAT Releases Toronto Coalition Build Impact Report

On April 19th 2022 Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) held its first Coalition Build in Canada since 2020. The event was a success and helped to build public and private partnerships to combat human trafficking everywhere. The event included key industry stakeholders (in the trucking and bus industries) along with local and provincial law enforcement.

Sponsors for the Coalition Build included Day and Ross, Uber Freight, The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario, The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada.

Also included at the Coalition Build was the Freedom Drivers Project (FDP) trailer which made it’s first stop in Canada for the event. Read the full article to learn more about the FDP at Truck News: Trailer Delivers Human Trafficking Message to Canada

For more details on Trucks Against Trafficking Canada please visit: https://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/canada/


Fleet Safety Council Educational Conference returns to in-person format in 2022

After two successful years of hosting the Fleet Safety Educational Conference in an online format, the conference committee is happy to announce this year’s event will take place in person on October 14.

Click below to read more about this exciting announcement!

Registration is now open. Click here to access our Eventbrite registration page.