OTA Workshops: Are You Ready for ELD, Driver Training and Marijuana Legalization Regulatory Changes?


As part of the much anticipated Council Summit in June 22, OTA will feature three min-workshops to help fleets prepare for upcoming regulatory changes.

Electronic Logging Devices. This workshop will feature Tom Cuthbertson, Chair, ELD Task Force , Technology and Maintenance Council who will walk carriers through the new US rules and enforcement policy and how these changes will impact your ability to service US customers. Ontario Trucking Association’s VP of Operations, Geoff Wood, who has been involved in the development of the Canadian ELD technical standard, regulatory changes and key inclusions to a made in Canada enforcement policy, will explain how carriers can prepare themselves for the anticipated Canadian rule going forward.

Mandatory Entry Level Training. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is set to announce regulatory changes thing which will fundamentally change how people train for a Class AZ licence and how companies manage their Driver Certification Program. This will also change how new drivers are recruited. Come and listen to the MTO’s team assigned to redeveloping the training standards and road tests: Franca Ambrosio, Kim MacCarl, and John Landolfi. Also hear from OTA’s Rolf VanderZwaag to learn about the fundamentals of Mandatory Entry Level Training and how your fleet can adjust to the new realities of driver recruitment.

Medical Marijuana and Marijuana Legalization. The federal government has announced its intention to legalize marijuana. This session focuses on how this change affects roadside enforcement in Canada and the United States, hiring practices and impacts on carriers’ ability to manage safety sensitive positions. Come listen to Barb Butler (President, Barb Butler & Associates), Dr. Barry Kurtzer (M.D), and Ross Wells (Gowling WLG Canada).

These are three of 16 workshops taking place at the OTA Council Summit. Cost to attend the event is $50 per person which includes breakfast and lunch and access to all topics being discussed. The networking luncheon will feature David Bradley, CTA & OTA CEO being interviewed by Lou Smyrlis, publisher and editorial director of Truck News, on a wide range of industry topics and issues.

To register click here.  A complete list of agendas to date for each council can be reviewed here: Council Summit List of Agendas_public

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