Complete a Survey and Help Support a Transportation Charity

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF: www.tirf.ca), an independent road safety research institute, is conducting a study which is funded by the MTO to gather information on drug and alcohol screening policies within the trucking and transit sectors. Upon completion of the study the results will support larger MTO research projects to support and address the concerns of key stakeholders to ensure that Ontario’s transportation safety policies are as effective as possible.

This initiative was supported by the following industry stakeholders and associations:

  • Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA)
  • Metrolinx
  • OC Transpo
  • Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA)
  • Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA)
  • Ontario Trucking Association (OTA)
  • Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC)
  • School Bus Ontario (SBO)
  • Transit Windsor

The 15-minute survey focusses on alcohol and drug use among commercial motor vehicle drivers in Ontario. Those completing the survey are asked to answer the questions to the best of their ability and based on their organization’s experiences. Please note that all responses will be treated as confidential and no personal information on any individuals or organizations will be shared with the MTO or any of the stakeholders.

TIRF will also be donating $50 dollars to a transportation specific charity for each completed survey. Those completing the survey will be asked which charity is preferred and the charity with the most votes will receive the donation.

To completed the survey please follow the link below or scan the QE code from one of the PDF invitations below:

Click here: TIRF Alcohol and Drug Survey


Class A Manual Transmission Restriction – Updated

As a follow-up to the memorandum released on April 15th, 2021 regarding the introduction of the Class A Manual Transmission Restriction the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has provided an important update.

Download the full memo here:

In the memo the MTO advised that they have received feedback from industry stakeholders regarding proposals to change the definition of a manual transmission as well as a new proposed implementation date of July 19th, 2021. This new proposed date will provide industry and training schools with at least 90-days of notification from the initial stakeholder notification.

The regulation is being proposed to be updated as follows:

(1) The Minister may, based on the results of an examination under clause 15 (1) (b) or (c), including the characteristics of the transmission of the motor vehicle driven during the examination of an applicant for or a holder of a Class A driver’s license, impose a condition on the person’s Class A driver’s license that the person not drive a combination of vehicles that constitutes a Class A motor vehicle if the motor vehicle has a manual transmission. O. Reg. 254/21, s. 1.

(2) For the purpose of subsection (1), a motor vehicle has a manual transmission if it is equipped with,
(a) driver-operated clutch that is activated by a pedal or lever; and
(b) a gear-shift mechanism operated either by hand or foot and without the assistance of automation.

(3) For greater certainty, a semi-automatic transmission or an automated-manual transmission is not a manual transmission.

If you have any feedback on either the updated definition or the implementation date please send them to the following e-mail address DPOconsultations@ontario.ca by Friday, April 30, 2021.

We will continue to update this thread as new information is provided.


Truckers Against Trafficking – Canada

The Fleet Safety Council is proud to be a member of the Truckers Against Trafficking Canada Committee.

The TAT Canada Committee (TCC) was formed with a volunteer membership that seeks to be a growth accelerator in expanding TAT’s anti-trafficking training among the trucking, bus and energy industries in Canada. Committee members are key industry leaders and government transportation entities that can activate their networks, resources and expertise to highlight this issue and point to viable training solutions. The committee is chaired by Heather Mewhinney, director of human resources at Kriska Transportation Group and co-chaired by Caroline Blais, recruiting manager at Kriska.

How to become TAT trained:

Company/School:  Share the free training video with your drivers. You can request a digital file of the TAT video or physical DVD from tat.truckers@gmail.com. After the training you can then  register your company as trained to reflect your impact in the fight against trafficking and encourage others to do the same.

Professional Drivers: Watch the free training video and take the short quiz through the TAT online portal. This will register you as an officially TAT Trained/TAT Certified driver.

Don’t forget to download the free TAT app and order wallet cards and window decals for free.

TCC’s Goals: Click below to learn more about the TCC’s goals

TCC Members and Press Release: Click below to see the announcement press release with a complete list of the TCC members.

If you are interested in learning more about TAT and how to become a certified TAT-trained driver through their free training click here.

TAT Training Video Short: The video below is the short version of the TAT Training Video