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The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy and education services for the owners of school bus fleets, school boards/transportation consortia and supplier/manufacturer companies across Ontario.  
April 21, 2015 - Issue 8

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Inside this Edition:
  1. State of the School Bus Industry - OSBA Presentation at OTE
  2. Ontario Considering Major Changes to Court System
  3. Moving Forward on Highway 407 East
  4. Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) Huge Success!
  5. Magazine Articles and Ideas Wanted
  6. Upcoming Events
State of the School Bus Industry - OSBA Presentation at OTE

At the recent Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE), OSBA President Les Cross presented a “State of the School Bus Industry” PowerPoint presentation during the Monday morning business session.  The presentation included thought provoking information regarding OSBA’s year in review, various economics/revenue considerations, importance/differences in driver wages and responsibilities, and a quick summary of the Student Transportation Procurement Review.  An interesting discussion ensued with a variety of comments, questions and perspectives.  Available to members to view on-line:
  1. Go to the “Website Login” section of the OSBA website home page at the following link:  http://www.osba.on.ca/intro.aspx
  2. Enter your login credentials (contact OSBA at info@osba.on.ca if required).
  3. Click on the  “Members Area” button in the top navigational bar.
  4. Click on “Historical Presentations / Reports”.
  5. Click on the first line - “April 13, 2015 State of the School Bus Industry Presentation.”
  6. On the next page that pops up, click the blue link titled, “State of the School Bus Industry Presentation.”
  7. The PDF of the presentation will then pop up.
For assistance, please contact OSBA at info@osba.on.ca or 416.695.9965 Ext. 6.
Ontario Considering Major Changes to Court System

The Ministry of the Attorney General has issued a discussion paper raising the potential introduction of an administrative monetary penalty system (AMPS) for traffic-related provincial and municipal offences as an alternative to the existing court system. Under the proposed system, which really boils down to a government cost savings measure, AMPS penalties are imposed without a court hearing and represents a shift to a civil (rather than a quasi-criminal) mechanism for enforcing compliance with regulatory requirements. The AMPS process is already in place in Ontario for some environmental infractions. OSBA shares concerns expressed by the OTA that that an AMPS system runs contradictory to the fundamental principles of natural justice and the right to be presumed innocent before proven guilty.

A main concern is that the AMPS system could potentially lead to reduced accountability of the enforcement community, resulting in a significant increase in CVOR points and potentially higher insurance costs. While the discussion paper suggests other protection will be put in place for contested penalties, such as the right to be heard by an “unbiased” administrative hearing officer, the AMPS system will eliminate discretionary powers and personal interaction between carriers and the enforcement community.  OSBA will monitor this issue and participate in future discussions with government and other affected stakeholders to ensure industry concerns are reflected in any potential changes to the legal system.
Moving Forward on Highway 407 East

Ontario is moving forward on the final phase of construction for Highway 407 East.  Blackbird Infrastructure has signed a fixed-priced contract to design, build, finance and maintain the project.  The province will also set and regulate tolls, and use toll revenue to fund new infrastructure and transit projects across Ontario.  Construction is expected to begin in fall 2015 from Harmony Road to Taunton Road/Highway 418 and is scheduled for completion in December 2017.  The remainder will open in 2020.

This is the final phase of the Highway 407 East project, which will:  
  • Extend Highway 407 eastward from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115
  • Provide a new north-south 10-kilometre highway link, Highway 418, to connect Highway 407  to Highway 401, just east of Oshawa
  • Provide eight new interchanges including a partial interchange at Highway 418 and Taunton Road and three freeway to freeway connections (Highway 407 and Highway 418; Highway 418 and Highway 401; and at the end of Highway 407 at Highway 35/115)
Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE) Huge Success!

With over 285 conference participants, the 2015 OTE held April 12-15 has already come and gone, and some are saying that it was the “best ever!”.  Twenty-five business sessions for the school bus, motor coach, public transit and specialized transportation industries were vigorously attended as this annual event is designed to have something for everyone.  When attendees were asked what they found most valuable – responses included:
  • “Session topics were excellent and timely for what is happening in the industry. Combined topics for all 3 Associations were very relevant on certain issues. Guest speakers were all informative and professional in their presentations. Great Job - Well Done. One of the best OTE's ever.”
  • “New programs and legislation specifically mandatory compliance items very useful.”
  • “Ability to exchange ideas and opinions with customers and competitors at sessions.”
  • “Staying current with challenges the industry faces.”
  • “The networking and exchanging of idea's has always been the greatest asset. The availability of supplier's and their tech's on Tuesday is great for my maintenance staff.”
  • “Re-enforced that as a company we are on the right track for safety and what is happening in the motor coach industry.”
An enormous thank you goes out to all OTE sponsor partners:
  • American Seating
  • Brampton Transit
  • City View Bus Sales & Service Ltd.
  • miWay (Mississauga Transit)
  • Motor Coach Industries
  • Nova Bus
  • Pacific Western Transportation
  • Portland Fuel
  • RouteMatch Software
  • Sound Insurance Services / Travelers Insurance
  • Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
  • Switzer-Carty Transportation
Plan now to attend next year’s event which is estimated to be in mid April!  For more info – www.ote.ca or info@ote.ca
Magazine Articles and Ideas Wanted

The annual Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) magazine, “School Bus Ontario” is currently in production.  The magazine will be distributed to schools, bus operators, school boards/consortia, transportation officers, directors of education, MPP’s, and all members of OSBA.

We are looking for your input and assistance on two fronts:
  1. Do you have any topics/suggestions for articles?
  2. Do you have any interesting or innovative media releases, stories or articles that you have already developed/published internally that you would like to share with the Ontario school bus industry?
If you would like to submit an article, we would kindly appreciate your attention to the following guidelines:
  • Number of Words: Not more than 150.
  • Submission deadline: June 15, 2015
  • Submit to: Donna Shepherd – dshepherd@osba.on.ca
  • Article Content: A description of any existing or new concept or service that provides thought-provoking ideas, solutions and/or innovative developments for the school bus industry.  This is not a sales advertisement, but rather a chance to highlight/promote events or happenings in your own organization that may be interesting for the entire Ontario school bus industry.
Magazine advertising space is available to promote company services and products.  If you would like to place an advertisement, please contact our magazine publisher Naylor (Canada) Inc. as follows:
       Kim Davies
       Project Manager
       800.665.2456 Ext. 4423
       Direct: 204.975.0423

       kdavies@naylor.com | www.naylor.com
Upcoming Events

 
P.R.I.D.E. Program
May 24-29, 2015 -
SOLD OUT

OSBA Webinar
June 10, 2015

P.R.I.D.E. Program
June 7-12, 2015

P.R.I.D.E. Program
July 12-17, 2015 - CANCELLED
(Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Jul.10-26)


P.R.I.D.E. Program
Aug. 9-14, 2015 - CANCELLED
(Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Aug. 7-15)

P.R.I.D.E. Program
Oct. 18-23, 2015

OSBA Webinar
Oct. 21, 2015

OSBA Webinar
Dec. 2, 2015
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