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Source: The Star

DriveTest Centre performance reports kept secret

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation is allowing firm that tests all new drivers, including truck drivers, to audit itself. A recent Star investigation found that the company, Serco, was not taking truck driver candidates on highways during road tests, a violation of ministry rules.

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation is allowing the company that tests all new drivers, including truck drivers, to audit itself. A recent Star probe found the firm, Serco, was not taking candidates for the truck licence on highways during road tests, a violation of ministry rules. (RANDY RISLING / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO)

By KENYON WALLACE • Investigative Reporter
MARY ORMSBYFeature Writer
Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
The provincial government is keeping secret DriveTest Centre performance reports conducted by the private company that examines all new drivers, including tractor-trailer licence seekers.

Under its 10-year contract with the Ministry of Transportation, Serco, the multinational corporation that operates as DriveTest, has had the power since last year to “self audit” and “self report” any violations of provincial testing standards.

This confidential system of self policing, approved by the provincial government, means the public has no easy way to learn if Serco is properly testing all new driver candidates or if contractual requirements are being met.

An ongoing Star investigation found that the province’s truck-driver licensing centre in Woodbridge, operated by Serco, was violating ministry standards by not testing tractor-trailer candidates on expressways or roads with speed limits of 80 km/h or higher. Serco has told the Star that all Woodbridge test routes had ministry approval.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca has since ordered a review of road test standards at the centre, the province’s only exclusive testing facility for trucks, to ensure provincial guidelines are being followed. The review is expected to be complete by year’s end. When the Star looked into issues of oversight with Serco, it discovered Serco has the right to police itself.

Serco began auditing itself when the company renewed its contract with the province on Sept. 1, 2013. The Star asked the province for copies of Serco‘s self-audit reports, as well as the ministry’s reviews from the last five years, but was told it would have to file a request under freedom of information legislation to obtain them.

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“‘Nobody’s seen anything like this’: 10 dead, 15 injured in north Toronto van ramming attack
Alek Minassian, 25, is the alleged driver in the attack, CBC News has confirmed
CBC News · Posted: Apr 23, 2018 1:38 PM ET | Last Updated: 24 minutes ago
Ten people are dead and 15 others are injured after a van driver plowed into a number of pedestrians Monday in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area of North York in Toronto.

One suspect is in custody.

CBC News has confirmed that Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., man, is the alleged driver in the attack. His LinkedIn profile identifies him as a student at Seneca College.

LIVE BLOG: What we know after multiple pedestrians were hit by a van

Government officials briefed on the investigation so far say the suspect is not associated with any organized terrorist group and he does not represent a larger threat to national security

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation.

All available resources mobilized: police

Toronto police Deputy Chief Peter Yuen told reporters police have mobilized all available resources and that officers expect to be at the scene for a number of days to come.

“This is going to be a long investigation,” Yuen said. There were numerous witnesses and surveillance cameras in the area, he said.

Police were called to the Yonge and Finch area for a report of a crash around 1:30 p.m. after a van driving southbound on Yonge Street mounted the curb and hit pedestrians on the sidewalk before being stopped by police.

Police said the driver at times drove in both north and southbound lanes along a nearly kilometre-long strip over the course of the attack. The suspect was arrested 26 minutes after police received the 911 call, police Chief Mark Saunders said.

“There were a lot of pedestrians out enjoying, a lot of witnesses out enjoying the sunny afternoon,” Yuen said. Police are establishing two hotlines — one for victims and their families, and the other for witnesses to call in information related to the incident.”

Centre performance reports kept secret

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation is allowing firm that tests all new drivers, including truck drivers, to audit itself. A recent Star investigation found that the company, Serco, was not taking truck driver candidates on highways during road tests, a violation of ministry rules.

 

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