To prepare for winter operations, the City of Ottawa has begun driver training for the operation of snow-clearing equipment.
Winter driver training starts in the classroom with instruction on roadway safety, equipment orientation, operating principles and operation of the vehicle attachments. Trainees then move to supervised closed-course practice at City facilities and parking lots. The sessions conclude with on-street practical training with an instructor supervising the trainees at all times.
On-street training will run until November 30. This portion of the training will take place close to the City of Ottawa Public Works yards in Orléans, Kanata and Manotick where the classroom instruction takes place. Some limited on-road sidewalk plow training will also be done in the area of 911 Industrial Road.
All winter operations vehicles used for training will display driver training signs on the rear and both sides of the vehicle.