Planning to Become a Driver? Here is What You Need to Know

Posted on 09.30.2020

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When it comes to job prospects – the transport industry in Canada offers multiple opportunities.

In fact, a recent Canadian Trucking Alliance study shows that the trucking industry will be short of over 8,000+ drivers by 2024.

This means that there are opportunities in the transport sector, particularly when it comes to long-haul truck drivers.

When applying for a driving job, depending on the nature of the vehicle you would be operating, these are some of the things you need to know:

a) Having a Valid Licence

This may seem like stating the obvious, but it is the first step. Different provinces across Canada have different regulations in place when it comes to driver's licences.

For instance, in Ontario, you need a Full Ontario G licence. So, if you have a G2 licence, it is recommended to get a G licence before you apply for a driving job. You can find the detailed instructions here.

b) Clean Driving Record

This doesn’t mean that your record has to be absolutely pristine as companies may overlook one or two minor infractions.

However, careless driving, drunk driving, and similar offences reflect poorly on your ability to drive and would raise serious doubts when it comes to safe and responsible driving.

This is a particularly big consideration for trucking companies because the drivers are required to operate bigger vehicles which are more challenging to manoeuvre and require more skill than smaller, lightweight vehicles.

If you’re applying for a job with ride-sharing companies, you also need to have valid vehicle insurance and registration.

c) Formal Education

While some jobs may only require you to operate lightweight vehicles, others need you to drive bigger trucks and vans. This is where a formal education requirement comes in.

For instance, if you’re keen to apply for a position of a long-haul truck driver, you need to enroll yourself in a training program. These training programs are mandatory in Ontario and have to be completed to earn a commercial driver’s licence.

d) Driver’s Abstracts

Lastly, most companies will obtain a driver’s abstract to verify the information you’ve provided before offering you a position.

Driver’s abstracts, provided by Triton, contain information such as your name, height, birthday, gender, licence number and class, expiration date, any conditional restrictions, and other related status information pertaining to your driving record.

These are often obtained to identify if the potential employee has a history of impaired driving, speeding, reckless driving, or any active suspensions.

We wish you luck with your career in the transport industry. If you have any questions about driving abstracts or other types of background checks, reach out to us on 1-844-874-8667 or visit www.tritoncanada.ca.