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The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) and Benchmark Sponsor, Ontario Truck Driving School (OTDS), have announced that the 5th annual PMTC Canadian Private Fleet Benchmarking Survey instrument is live

as of February 8, 2021.

This study is open for completion by all private fleets that have a base of operations in Canada. PMTC membership is not a requirement.

“For the last four years, the PMTC has partnered with the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) and re-introduced the first Canadian-specific private benchmarking survey reports since 2011,” said PMTC President Mike Millian. “The response to these surveys and the quality of the produced Benchmarking Report have been gratifying and provide a valuable tool and resource to our membership. As a result, we are once again partnering with the NPTC for the 2021 Survey. The NPTC has been producing a private fleet benchmark survey in the U.S. annually since 2005, and by partnering with them again, the PMTC feels it is guaranteeing another quality and highly respected report for our members.”

The PMTC has a Benchmarking Committee, made up of Canadian operators who review the survey annually. The Committee works on shaping the survey and updating it to ensure it is reflective of the current Canadian marketplace. This input is invaluable in ensuring the Survey instrument is current, relevant and valuable to Canadian fleets. This year, the Committee made some adjustments to questions received from fleet members.

The Survey is designed for the benefit of PMTC members and its results will only be provided, at no charge, with their PMTC membership. The Survey is a valuable tool that will allow private fleets to benchmark their operations to other best-in class performers. A performance evaluation/validation and opportunity identification guide, based on industry standards of excellence. This free value to our members would not be possible without the support of our Benchmark Sponsor, the Ontario Truck Driving School. “We are thrilled that OTDS has chosen to partner with the PMTC and its members and to invest in sponsoring this survey for a second consecutive year! This sponsorship helps to cover the costs of the report, which allows the PMTC to provide this report free to its membership,” said Millian.

“As a registered private career college, who prides ourselves on maintaining the highest education standards resulting in the best “in class” entry-level drivers to the trucking industry, we at OTDS feel sponsoring a survey that allows fleets to compare best practices and benchmark their operations to help them be best in class at what they do was a natural fit. We are proud to help the PMTC make this resource available to its members,” said OTDS President and CEO Gus Rahim.

  • The results of the Benchmarking Report will be released on June 18, 2021, and an overview will be provided at the PMTC’s Annual Conference on June 16.
  • Participants in the survey, who are PMTC members, will be invited to sit in on a special pre-release webcast to review the results in detail.
  • In addition, those member companies that participate in the survey are welcome to request specialized, customized reports to better calibrate their operation against best-in-class performers.

To complete the Survey, please visit www.pmtc.ca/CMFiles/2020PMTCBenchmarkingSurvey.pdf.

Carriers will have until March 20, 2021, to complete and submit their responses. The PMTC Benchmarking Study can also be found on the PMTC website, www.pmtc.ca, under the ‘Publications’ tab.

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How Ontario’s General Trucking Sector can Address Driver Fatigue Among Professional Drivers

Driver fatigue identified as a top health and safety risk for trucking operations in Ontario

Top 10 root causes of driver fatigue among professional truck drivers in Ontario

In February 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) in partnership with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) organized a group of industry experts that met for two days to determine the root causes of driver fatigue in Ontario’s trucking sector. As part of their work, they also developed critical controls and specific activities that could be put in place to address driver fatigue in Ontario’s general trucking industry.

The list of the top 10 causes of driver fatigue, as identified by workers, supervisors, and employers in Ontario’s trucking sector is displayed in the infographic on pages 34-35 of Private Motor Carrier. More detailed information on the top causes of driver fatigue among professional truck drivers, is discussed in the accompanying technical paper available at www.ihsa.ca/driverfatigue.

Identifying solutions and controls

After identifying the top 10 causal factors of driver fatigue, the group of subject matter experts, led by Dr. Sujoy Dey of the MLTSD, identified possible solutions and controls for the top ranked risks. During the discussions, similar themes and proposed controls kept emerging that informed five key recommendations:

  • classify truck driving as a skilled trade (Red Seal),
  • review and address critical training gaps in mandatory entry-level training (MELT),
  • mandatory graduated licensing for all truck drivers,
  • greater enforcement of carriers who are non-compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Highway Traffic Act, and
  • promote mental health and wellness among professional truck drivers.

These recommendations provide a foundation for the reduction in driver fatigue by focussing on systemic causal factors and not just the symptoms of driver fatigue. The trucking industry should focus immediately on addressing these five key recommendations.

“The group of industry experts shared their experience, made suggestions, and proposed potential controls to address the primary causal factors and identified systemic weaknesses in the industry,” says Michelle Roberts, IHSA Director, Stakeholder & Client Engagement. “IHSA is proud of our work as an advocate for improving professional truck driver training, non-compliant carrier enforcement, and the importance of driver mental health and wellness. This work is a strong first step toward meaningful changes for safer and healthier workplaces for professional truck drivers.”

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