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Transportation Ministry to ensure DriveTest Centres throughout Ontario follow same standards Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca is pledging to ensure the province is testing tractor-trailer drivers “to the highest possible standards”

February 1, 2016

OurWindsor.Ca

By Robert Benzie, Mary Ormsby, and Kenyon Wallace

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca is pledging to ensure the province is testing tractor-trailer drivers “to the highest possible standards” following a Star investigation into passing rates at DriveTest Centres in Ontario.

The Toronto Star revealed Tuesday that between 2010 and 2014, drivers seeking their class A licence — needed to operate a tractor-trailer — have a better chance of passing their road tests at most DriveTest Centres in smaller communities than on busier and more challenging roads in Toronto.

“The testing centres are responsible to follow the procedures that are set provincewide,” Del Duca said Tuesday at Queen’s Park, adding that he would consult with Ministry of Transportation staff and Serco, the private company that operates DriveTest under contract with the province.

“My understanding, fundamentally, is that procedures that are required provincewide to be followed are being adhered to, are being followed. I know that Serco communicates with the ministry on a monthly basis to provide updates, but I understand there’s been a concern that has been raised and obviously because it deals with road and highway safety, it is something I take very seriously.” Read More