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Becoming a Truck Driver

If you are thinking of becoming a truck driver in Ontario there are a few steps you will have to take before you can hit the road including:

Getting your License

As a truck driver you will require a Class G license. If you have your G1 or G2 you can apply for an upgrade. If you have your class B, C or D license you are free to apply for your G class whenever you are ready. From there you must also acquire a class A license with Z endorsement (for air brakes), as the Z endorsement is mandatory for truck drivers who wish to work for a trucking company. This is because the majority of trucking equipment used today uses air brakes.

Driving and Criminal Record

Violations on your driving record for the past seven years will keep you from getting your commercial license. For example, a DUI can be one of the most difficult challenges for those seeking a career as a truck driver. Even if you are able to get your license many businesses will be hesitant to hire a driver with past DUI’s on their record. If you are very serious about getting your commercial license and do have a violation you can try to have it pardoned so you can proceed with your career plans. A criminal record is also a problem if you want to become a truck driver. It won’t stop you from getting your license, but many companies are hesitant to trust someone with a record to haul a load worth millions of dollars.

Age

You have to be at least 18 years of age in order to become a commercial truck driver. However, most trucking companies prefer to hire drivers over 25. If you are under 25 it can also mean higher insurance rates.

MTO Medical Test

For safety reasons you will also have to pass an MTO medical test. The test will ensure you are healthy enough to become a truck driver as trucking is actually quite stressful both physically and mentally. The test can cost anywhere from $75 - $125 as it is not covered by OHIP.

Training and Testing

A training program will prepare you for your testing. You will have to take both a written test and a driving test. The written test will cover 60 questions about safety, laws and regulations. Your driving test will than assess your driving skills on the road.

Once you are licensed you will start at the bottom and work your way up. It takes some time to become a truck driver but is well worth it in the end.







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