DriveWise offers priority seating in fully approved training to DRVRhub students

DriveWise’s mobile training units are delivered to Toronto locations for instructor-led, customized simulator training. On July 19th, the unit will be in Etobicoke. Photo: RWN

Aspiring Taxi drivers and Rideshare drivers who took the DRVRhub online program and are now uncertain of whether their certificate will be accepted by the City of Toronto Vehicle for Hire (VFH) program will be given priority for attendance in the July 19th DriveWise program.

DriveWise, which is fully approved by Toronto and accepted by major Taxi brokerages including Beck and Co-op, is offering its fifth session at The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 286, 11 Irwin Rd, in Etobicoke.

“We understand that professional drivers who need and want to be on the road, earning a living, have been set back because DRVRhub’s online program has been suspended,” says DriveWise president Lesley DeRepentigny.

“Our next regularly scheduled session is on July 19th, and priority seating will be given to participants who have already obtained a DRVRhub certificate, but now cannot use it until Toronto makes a decision on whether those certificates will be honoured. No one knows how long that decision will take; and in the meantime, we know these drivers need to be working.”

DriveWise offers instructor-led simulator training, customized for Taxis and Vehicles for Hire, based upon decades of aircraft-simulator technology. Photo: DriveWise

According to City staff, 3602 Vehicle for Hire Completion Certificates were issued by DRVRhub in the 3 weeks it was operational; Toronto has not yet determined whether or not those Completion Certificates will be accepted in its VFH training program.

“The DriveWise Vehicle For Hire training program weekly schedule has already been published on our website,” DeRepentigny says, “however if there is a demand from these 3600 drivers and others, we can add more sessions to the schedule.”

All participants who sign up through the DriveWise website will receive a call to discuss whether they should be placed on the list for priority seating.