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OMCA's Driver Licence Status Check service reaches 'Silver Anniversary' milestone
The quarterly licence status check done at the end of February marked the 25th status check since the inception of this service back in 2008. The driver licence status for 48,100 drivers was checked against the MTO driver database and a report was provided to each subscriber identifying drivers with a licence discrepancy. Subscribers could then contact drivers whose licences have been downgraded or suspended to preempt any possibility of a driver getting involved in an accident or incident while holding an improper or suspended licence.

As with past status checks, many subscribers were surprised by their results, thankful that our system caught these problems before anything happened. One subscriber wrote, "LOVE this check! My results show some problems with some of our drivers which I would never have known about if it wasn't for this check." The status check report also flags drivers with a "Code W" medical condition that prohibits them from driving a bus or truck in the U.S.

The next Quarterly Status Check will be Monday, May 25, 2015. To subscribe to this service, go to:
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Register online now to reserve your place at the Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE)
OTE is just five weeks away — April 12-15, 2015. OTE 2015 promises to offer excellent education sessions and networking opportunities. Get the latest information on key industry topics that affect your operations and discover new tools to improve your organization. OTE is the place to expand your professional network and elevate your business. Click here to view the program and you'll see how this year's OTE business session line up covers many of the topics and issues facing the bus industry today. The following topics will be of particular interest to coach operators:

• Collision Investigation and Preventability
• Transporting Children with Autism
• Leading Edge Advice Relating to WSIB
• Railway Crossing Safety at Protected Crossings
• International Registration Plan IRP (Effective Jan. 1, 2016)
• Electronic Onboard Logging Devices
• MTO Carrier Safety & Enforcement Update
• Driver Certification Program – Audit and Training Curriculum Update
• The New Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection (PMVI) Standard
• How to Get Your Drivers to do it Right – the First Time, Every Time!

Reserve your place today by registering on-line at

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Industry News

Pan Am organizers feeling 'confident' about latest progress, but struggling to make Toronto care more
National Post
The games will be the largest sporting event yet on Canadian soil — bigger than the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, or any of the Canadian Olympics before. There have been uproars — controversial employee expenses, an ousted chief executive, a doubled security budget and facility delays — but these games are on the home stretch with a July and August finish line in sight.
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Groups Shouldn't Stay Anywhere Else!

There is no better way to visit Atlantic City - by yourself or with a group - than by bus or motor coach. Hop on one with companies and you'll receive front-dorr service to Resorts Casino Hotel.

Ambassador Bridge moving forward with new span plans
The owners and operators of the Ambassador Bridge are taking steps to move forward with their proposed Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project. That includes constructing and operating a replacement bridge across the Detroit River, rehabilitating the Canadian approach to the bridge and expanding the Windsor customs plaza.
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A look at how Toronto's traffic nerve centre really manages our roads
The Globe and Mail
The traffic nerve centre of Toronto is a surprisingly low-key place. As drivers wrestle with congestion on roads across Toronto, staff at the city's Traffic Management Centre swing into action when anything goes wrong. Far from the public gaze, they dispatch response teams, warn drivers and, in some cases, fiddle with traffic signals to manage the flow better.
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Mobile not a trend, but a reality
Hotel News Now
The rise of digital technology has molded a new kind of traveller, one who embraces available tools and uses them to jump across industry-defined silos. These new travellers do not need handholding; they need the resources and technology to be able to be self-sufficient.

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New law could mean tougher penalties for assaulting transit drivers
Global News
People convicted of assaulting transit drivers may soon face longer sentences under a new amendment to Canada's criminal code.

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GTA West highway: Forward thinking or retro mistake?
Toronto Star
It's a thought that crosses every driver's mind while sitting bumper to bumper in the middle of Highway 401 — considered the busiest highway on the continent — on any given day: when will things change? Why can't they just build another highway?

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Ontario traffic ticket dodgers may not get drivers licence renewed
CBC News
The Liberal government plans to make it harder for people to renew their licences and plate stickers if they have outstanding traffic tickets. The new legislation is meant to address a chronic problem faced by cities — people who get tickets for parking or speeding often don't pay up.
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Metrolinx staff still rides GO for free, but plus-1 provision eliminated
Toronto Star
Metrolinx employees will continue to ride GO Transit for free, but they'll no longer be able to bring a guest after the provincial agency's board voted to amend its employee pass policy. While it's common for transit agencies, including the TTC, to allow employees to ride for free, the plus-one provision of the Metrolinx practice prompted questions from opposition MPPs at Queen's Park when it came to light.
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Ontario has no plans to penalize slow drivers out of passing lanes
Global News
Ontario's minister of transportation currently doesn't have any plans to crack down on slow drivers in the passing lane on 400-series highways. Ontario's Highway Traffic Act does spell out when the left-hand passing lane can be used.
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TTC puts reporters through rigours of driver training
Toronto Star
All your life you're taught to believe what you see with your eyes. But inside the TTC's bus simulator, it's all about what you see in the mirrors. Those side mirrors are the only way to gauge where the rear wheel of a 40-foot bus is in relation to the curb, says instructor John Beynon, one of more than 60 TTC employees authorized by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to issue a driving licence.
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MTO backs off plan to close Hwy. 655 this summer
Timmins Press
Lobbying by Northeastern Ontario municipal leaders has paid off with a favourable decision that staves off the planned shutdown of Highway 655 this summer. Ontario's Ministry of Transportation (MTO) had planned to do a culvert replacement at Jocko Creek where it meets Highway 655, just north of Timmins, this coming summer. The original MTO plan, as described to several municipalities, was to close off Highway 655 completely for a two-week period, so the repair could be carried out.
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Peel Police: Pan Am Games will not be the G20
Security will be tight, but the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will not be a repeat of the notorious G20 summit in Toronto, an officer with the Games' Integrated Security Unit told a Mississauga crowd. Peel Regional Police Det. Shannon Stanley, a 29-year veteran of the force who is part of the Integrated Security Unit, which is made up of eight municipal police forces and is overseen by the OPP, told the crowd of more than 100 people the rioting and violence that plagued the G20 summit in Toronto back in 2010 will not be replicated at this year's Pan Am Games.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Toronto transit agency Metrolinx to take 'modest first step' into real estate (The Globe and Mail)
5 new hotel trends business travellers need to know about (The Huffington Post)
Construction of CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes' Village complete (Government of Ontario)

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