Under Ontario’s new Mandatory Entry-Level Training standard, a truck driver must complete a minimum of 103.5 hours of training before attempting the test to qualify for an AZ license. An AZ license, which is essentially equivalent to a Class A CDL license in the U.S., allows the holder to drive tractor-trailers. An online portal system is used to identify students who have completed the mandatory training at an approved school. Approved schools that fail to comply with the MELT requirements face fines of up to $250,000.
- Under Ontario’s new Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) for truck drivers, drivers have to complete 103.5 hours of approved training before they can get a license.
- The tests contain written tests of 30 questions, much more than the 20 questions of the former tests.
- Case analysis about what can happen in a typical situation is also included in the tests because many trainees were memorizing facts and not putting them into practice.
“Exact figures have yet to be compiled by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, but training schools across the province have reported higher-than-usual failure rates in the face of new tests at Ontario’s DriveTest centers.”