Musket Transport is proud to announce that Operations Manager of CHET, Phil Fletcher has been appointed as Vice Chairman on the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) Board of Directors for 2019-2021. He will be working alongside Chairperson Ken Adams, Director of Operations at Crossroads Truck Training Academy in Ottawa.
Phil’s recent appointment to the TTSAO Board of Directors follows his election in June 2017 as Treasurer of the TTSAO.
The TTSAO is an association devoted to ensuring that the Ontario trucking industry has the highest quality entry-level driver training programs. It strives to raise the bar of driver education, safety standards and ethical business practice in the trucking industry across the province of Ontario.
Phil worked for 12 years as a driver and commercial truck driving instructor before assuming the role of Operations Manager at CHET in 2015. He has over one and a quarter million accident-free miles under his belt, giving him an intimate understanding of drivers’ needs and challenges. Phil’s strong background in financial security and experience running his own firm made him well-suited for his position as Treasurer.
“I feel humbled and thankful that the membership and Board of Directors have the confidence in my ability to entrust me with more responsibility for overseeing and shaping our part of the industry,” Phil said upon his election.
“I know I speak on behalf of the entire Musket family in congratulating Phil on his new appointment at the TTSAO. His years of experience, dedication, and expertise will allow him to champion continuous improvement of commercial driving education in Ontario.” Shared Josh Potts, Driver Manager, The Musket Transport Ltd.
In his new role as Vice Chairman of the Board, Phil will continue to use his insight as a driver and instructor to help improve safety standards in the industry.
In late February, the TTSAO (Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario) recently held its fourth annual two-day conference. This year’s conference focused on the relationship between technology and transportation, and how technological advances are shaping the industry.
Phil Fletcher sat on a best training practices panel in which insights on how to help drivers succeed once they have completed their training were shared. He was also awarded the Volunteer Award for the Year for his dedication to the TTSAO association. This was presented to Phil for his work on setting up the Association with two years of well-researched audit trails and systematically organizing the financial reporting and accountability of the organization. The entire CHET and The Musket Transport Ltd., family offers Phil a heartfelt congratulations on receiving this award as well as his new appointment to the Board of Directors.
CHET and the TTSAO
Commercial Heavy Equipment Training (CHET) has long been a member in good standing with the TTSAO. CHET has earned respect in the industry for its 20-year record of producing quality graduates for its parent company, The Musket Transport Ltd. CHET shares the Association’s core value of raising the educational bar in commercial transportation training and looks forward to supporting its educational initiatives.
As a testament to its commitment to raising the bar of quality driver’s training in the trucking industry, CHET was the first school in Mississauga to achieve compliance with the new Mandatory Entry-Level Driver Training (MELT) standard in 1997. In fact, as a result of CHET’s rigorous program and road tests, the school was already above compliancy level prior to the introduction of MELT! The MELT standard was designed to improve the quality of driver training across the board, help eliminate license mills and refine Air Brake courses for the benefit of TTSAO member schools.
The MELT initiative requires that drivers in training complete a minimum of 103.5 hours of instruction, including 36.5 hours of classroom instruction and 32 hours of one-on-one driver training behind the wheel before they can complete their road test. New MELT standards also include more demanding road and written examinations that challenge drivers to knowledge and practical skills. We also operate a 200 hour AZ course and have four Air Brake SA’s on staff.