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PMTC Announces New Driver Qualification System

The PMTC is happy to announce that its newest member service product is now available. Effective July 9, the new PMTC Driver Qualification System is live and accessible to PMTC Members. Powered by ISB Canada’s Making Eligibility Easy (MEE) Division, this customized system will now provide PMTC members the ability to order their driver qualification and requalification documents at a steeply discounted rate.

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Trucking HR Canada requests assistance from industry in pair of surveys

Youth with Drive survey

Trucking HR Canada has launched its Youth with Drive survey, as a next step in developing a national employment strategy for youth in the trucking industry.

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A Trucking HR Canada Blog

Those missing millennials

Millennials, or those aged 18 to 35, are the largest cohort in Canada’s workforce. Yet they represent a very small percentage of the trucking workforce.

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Human Resources

Employer of Choice Luncheon and HR Conference

"Employer of Choice” is a program developed by industry for the trucking industry and is offered through the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic. 

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PMTC panel on driver recruitment impresses

John Harrison, Andy Walker, Dennis Shantz, Mike Millian

On Feb. 23-24, the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario Inc. held its inaugural annual conference in Mississauga. Featured was a panel from the PMTC discussing ‘The Future of Recruitment in the Private Fleet Industry.’

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Private fleets secure top workplace honours

The Brick, Home Hardware recognized by Top Fleet Employers

Two private fleets have made their mark in Trucking HR Canada's Top Fleet Employers program, which has recognized 22 of the best workplaces in Canada’s trucking industry.

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View Masters

11 ways to conduct better job interviews

There is a lot to be learned during a job interview. Consider these tips to help gather vital information and find the best candidates for your organization.

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The art and science of people picking

The stakes for hiring good, safe, smart people have never been higher. And they've never been more competitive

"The fact that you’re a private fleet is going to get their attention,” says John Thomson, vice president Canadian operations at Huron Services Group. Indeed, private fleets have an undeniable edge in the competitive, candidate-driven marketplace for recruits. The operations offer the chance to be part of consumer-facing brands and, in many cases, schedules that allow drivers to return home at the end of a shift. What’s not to like? But this hardly means you can rest on your laurels. “It’s been tough in recent years. You are constantly working away, tweaking things, to get someone in the door where hopefully you can sell it to them,” he says.

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Let's talk about sex

Women account for a fraction of fleet employees. You should be worried.

Today’s fleets have a problem with women. To be precise, the problem is a lack of women. While representing 48% of Canada’s labour pool, they account for just 3% of truck drivers, mechanics and cargo workers. Things are only marginally different in office environments, where a mere 11% of managers and 18% of dispatchers are female.

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Dream Teams

The trucking industry’s future stars can shine during early interviews, road tests

Some people seem born to be truck drivers. They move effortlessly through the gears, are never rattled by traffic, and approach every task like true professionals.

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A Rewarding Experience

EOBRs helped Hensall reach key targets … once drivers began to earn incentives

Driver-monitoring technologies may lead to better performance in the short term, but those improvements may be short-lived unless drivers see a benefit.

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A Driving Force

Want to attract the best drivers? They’re looking for more than a paycheque.

MOST MANAGERS WOULD DREAM of a fleet packed with drivers from the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada’s (PMTC) Hall of Fame for Professional Drivers. When researchers studied this group and other high performers in private fleets they found employees who are focused, self-disciplined and conscientious; comfortable working on their own without being antisocial; and, serious about “getting it right”.

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Current News

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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