TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Ministry of Transportation released a draft training standard for Class A Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) Tuesday and a formal announcement regarding the introduction of MELT for Class A drivers in Ontario is expected this spring or early summer.
The draft training standard is available for public comment by May 13 and the OTA says its members are encouraged to review the document and submit comments to the association by clicking here.
The OTA said in a release that it is expected that in July 2016 the MELT standard and supportive regulations will be put in place, with a one-year transition period so carriers and driving schools can re-work their programs and/or entry-level training programs for the new standard.
OTA has been involved in the introduction of MELT with the goal to raise the quality of entry level candidates entering the industry. It has also organized two seminars in cooperation with MTO as part of the OTA Council Summit on June 22 to help the industry understand how this change will impact them and what carriers can do to prepare for this new environment.
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