We Are Adding A 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid To Our Fleet

West Coast Driver Training has purchased a new 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid as a new training car.

It arrived at Jim Pattison Toyota in Duncan on 12 May 2021 and I will be picking it up next week after Jim Pattison Toyota has done the dealer prep on the car.

Product Adviser Axel Clarke with our new 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid that has arrived at Jim Pattison Toyota in Duncan (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Product Adviser Axel Clarke with our new 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid that has arrived at Jim Pattison Toyota in Duncan (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our new 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid has arrived at Jim Pattison Toyota in Duncan (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our new 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid has arrived at Jim Pattison Toyota in Duncan (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our new 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid has arrived at Jim Pattison Toyota in Duncan (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our new 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid has arrived at Jim Pattison Toyota in Duncan (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

A shout out to Product Advisors Axel Clarke and Steve Reiffenstein and Sales Manager Kenny Hoang whom I dealt with for the purchase of this new training car.

I plan to take delivery of this car next week and it will be available for lessons once the new West Coast Driver Training decals and the passenger side brake have been installed.

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Waste Connections Of Canada Is Looking For Class 3 Drivers In Duncan

I was approached recently in Duncan by a driver from Waste Connections Of Canada who told me that Waste Connections Of Canada is looking for Class 3 drivers for its Cowichan Valley operations.

A Waste Connections Of Canada truck in Duncan, BC, April 2021 (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
A Waste Connections Of Canada truck in Duncan, BC, April 2021 (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

I gave the driver one of my business cards and I subsequently received a follow up call from Aaron Nugent, Operations Supervisor – Cowichan Valley for Waste Connections Of Canada, who told me that Waste Connections Of Canada is currently looking for Class 3 drivers for residential collection. This is a union position with a current wage of $25.02 plus benefits.

If you are interested call or text Aaron Nugent at (250)250 709 0579. You can also email your resume and Drivers Abstract to Aaron Nugent at aaron.nugent@wasteconnections.com.

Waste Connections Of Canada’s Cowichan Valley operations are based at 2810 Roberts Road, Duncan, BC.

Here is a map showing the location of 2810 Roberts Road:

Here is a Google Street View image of 2810 Roberts Road:

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We Do Training For Enhanced Road Assessments (ERA)

Here is an email I received today from an Enhanced Road Assessment (ERA) client:

“Mark;

Just a brief note of thanks for the support and guidance you gave me in preparation of my ERA test . Thanks to you I was successful. The advice you gave me and the pointers you provided were most useful in the road test. I’m sure that I would probably not have been successful without the insights you offered.

Having an awareness of what to expect on the test and all of your advice proved most valuable in helping me undertake the test with confidence.

Best regards,

Ken N. “

ServiceBC office, 5785 Duncan Street, where ICBC Road Tests are conducted in Duncan, B.C. (photo by West Coast Driver Training)
ServiceBC office, 5785 Duncan Street, where ICBC Road Tests are conducted in Duncan, B.C. (photo by West Coast Driver Training)

In British Columbia, seniors can be called in by ICBC for Enhanced Road Assessments of their driving ability. It should be noted, however, that while Enhanced Road Assessments are most often applied to seniors, anyone, at any age, can be called in by ICBC for an Enhanced Road Assessment.

The Enhanced Road Assessments typically consist of a Road Test plus other tests, including tests of cognitive abilities. There may also be medical reports required from physicians or other health care professionals.

We have done driving lessons for many seniors who have been called in by ICBC for Enhanced Road Assessments.

For more information please Contact Us by phone/text at (250)732-8093, by email at mark@westcoastdrivertraining.com or through the Dialog Box at the bottom of this post.

You can also Contact Us through our Facebook page.

ICBC Driver Licensing office, 6475 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo by WestCoastDriver Training.com)
ICBC Driver Licensing office, 6475 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo by WestCoastDriverTraining.com)

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We Offer Driving Lessons In Victoria

West Coast Driver Training has been getting calls from Victoria residents asking about whether we do Driving Lessons in Victoria.

The answer is, “Yes. We do offer Class 4, Class 5 and Class 7 lessons in Victoria.”

We have two suggested meeting places for Victoria clients:

ICBC Driver Services, #1 1150 McKenzie Avenue (at Borden Street)

ICBC Driver Services, #1 1150 McKenzie Avenue, Victoria is one of the locations where Road Tests are held in Victoria (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
ICBC Driver Services, #1 1150 McKenzie Avenue, Victoria is one of the locations where Road Tests are held in Victoria (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

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We Welcome Clients From Salt Spring Island

We welcome clients from Salt Spring Island. Here is a link the BC Ferries schedule for Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island to Crofton, north of Duncan.

We can pick up clients at the Crofton Ferry and drop them at the Crofton Ferry afterwards. But with the travel time between the Crofton Ferry and Duncan we recommend that Salt Spring Island clients consider doing 2 hour or 3 hour lessons rather than our usual 90 minute lessons.

Our lessons are typically 90 minutes. With a 90 minute lesson, a significant portion of the lesson time is consumed by travel time between the Crofton Ferry and Duncan and back again. A longer lesson time gives the student driver more time in Duncan doing traffic lights and other driving conditions not encountered on Salt Spring Island. We can provide pricing on lessons that are longer than our standard 90 minute lessons.

The Salt Spring Island ferry approaching the Crofton terminal (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
The Salt Spring Island ferry approaching the Crofton terminal (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

Here is a link the BC Ferries schedule for Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island to Crofton, north of Duncan.

Here is a map showing the location of the BC Ferries terminal at Crofton:

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One Of Our Clients, Sierra Robinson, Doing A Ted Talk

Earlier today one of my clients, Sierra Robinson, did her Class 7 N Road Test in our 2020 Prius Prime. She did really well on her Road Test and passed handily.

But as we were waiting at ServiceBC in Duncan just prior to her Road Test, Sierra told me that the stress of waiting to do her Class 7 Road Test was similar to the stress she felt before doing her TED Talk.

I didn’t know Sierra had done a TED Talk so I looked it up on YouTube afterwards.

Here is Sierra Robinson’s TED Talk from October 2019 (posted here with her mother’s permission):

Congratulations to Sierra Robinson on her very interesting TED Talk and on passing her Class 7 N Road Test today.

And for all my clients who feel that stress before their Road Tests, take some inspiration from Sierra’s demonstration that you can deal with that stress and perform really well in spite of it, whether it is doing a TED Talk or passing your Road Test.

Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is now available for lessons (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

Class 5 And Class 7 Road Tests Are Restarting On 20 July 2020

Class 5 and Class 7 Road Tests are restarting on 20 July 2020.
Here is a link to the ICBC page on Booking A Road Test. To book driving lessons you can Contact Us by phone/text at 250-732-8093, by email at mark@westcoastdrivertraining.com or through the Dialog Box at the bottom of this page.
To book a Road Test by phone call ICBC at 1-800-950-1498 or 250-978-8300. To book a Road Test online, here is a link to the ICBC page on Booking A Road Test Online
For our clients who have been waiting for this announcement of Road Testing resuming before booking lessons, please call us to book lessons as soon as possible. We anticipate many clients booking lessons now to prepare for their Road Tests.
ServiceBC office, 5785 Duncan Street, where ICBC Road Tests are conducted in Duncan, B.C. (photo by West Coast Driver Training)
ServiceBC office, 5785 Duncan Street, where ICBC Road Tests are conducted in Duncan, B.C. (photo by West Coast Driver Training)
Here is the text of the email we just received from ICBC:
ICBC resumes enhanced road assessments, motorcycle, recreational trailer and passenger vehicle road testing

Starting July 7, ICBC will be resuming Enhanced Road Assessments, motorcycle and recreational trailer road tests.

Customers can book an appointment from today by calling our Driver Licensing customer contact centre at 1-800-950-1498 or 250-978-8300. Motorcycle road tests can also be booked online on icbc.com. We ask customers for their patience as we anticipate high call volumes.

We’ll be contacting customers whose Enhanced Road Assessments, motorcycle and recreational trailer road tests were cancelled between March 17 and 30 to prioritize their appointment. RoadSafetyBC will be sending customers who qualify for an Enhanced Road Assessment appointment a letter which include those who had their appointment cancelled because of the pandemic.

As previously announced with the resumption of commercial road testing, our driver examiners are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for the duration of road tests and have access to a combination of equipment including masks, shields, goggles, gloves and disposable seat covers.

We also provide mandatory medical grade masks for our customers to wear during their road test.

For motorcycle road tests, riders are not required to wear a mask due to the nature of the test but are required to wear the safety vest, which is sanitized after each use.

Conducting motorcycle tests now allows us to reduce the current backlog, which will free up more road test spaces and allows us to secure more PPE as we prepare for the restart of passenger vehicle testing. In addition, conducting motorcycle tests during summer months reduces the likelihood of cancelled tests due to weather.

As a reminder, we ask that customers arrive 15 minutes before their road test appointment and

·         ensure they have the required identification

·         be prepared for health screening questions

·         ensure the interior of their vehicle is clean, and

·         maintain physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from ICBC representatives when possible.

We will continue with a phased approach of increasing the in-person driver licensing services we provide, while maintaining health and safety a top priority.

Priority testing for essential health care workers and first responders

Starting today, essential health care workers and first responders who require a licence for their job can call our Driver Licensing customer contact centre to book a priority road test appointment. These road tests will begin on July 20.

Rescheduling of cancelled Class 5 and 7 road tests

ICBC Customers — and schools who booked on behalf of their students — that had a Class 5 or 7 road test cancelled between March 17 and March 30 will be contacted to reschedule their appointment. We’ll be calling these customers and schools starting today, and these road tests will begin on July 20.

Following this first grouping, we’ll then be prioritizing the re-booking of customers who had road tests cancelled after March 30. It is expected that these customers will be able to re-book through the month of August.

More details on the timing for new road test bookings will be provided in the following weeks.

We know there is a significant demand for road tests with a backlog of customers whose road tests were cancelled. We’re looking at a number of things, including our resourcing, hours of operation and conducting road testing at other ICBC facilities.

To manage the demand and volume of customers in an office at any given time, ICBC is also looking to move to an appointment system for in-office visits, including driver licence renewals. We are not offering standby appointments at this time. More information will be provided when plans are finalized.

To book driving lessons with West Coast Driver Training, you can Contact Us by phone/text at 250-732-8093, by email at mark@westcoastdrivertraining.com or through the Dialog Box at the bottom of this page.
ICBC Driver Licensing office, 6475 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo by WestCoastDriver Training.com)
ICBC Driver Licensing office, 6475 Metral Drive, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo by WestCoastDriver Training.com)

Here are some media reports about ICBC Class 5 and Class 7 Road Tests Restarting on 20 July 2020:

Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is now available for lessons (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is now available for lessons (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2018 Toyota Corolla parked outside the Starbucks / Chapters, Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo: West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc.)
Our 2018 Toyota Corolla parked outside the Starbucks / Chapters, Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo: West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc.)

We Will Be Increasing Our Class 5 And Class 7 Lesson Prices On September 1, 2020

Prior to the COVID-19 shut down in March 2020 we had planned to increase our Class 5 and Class 7 Lesson Prices to bring them in line with other Cowichan Valley and Nanaimo Driving Schools.

Since the COVID-19 shut down has created economic challenges for many clients we have decided to delay increasing our prices until 1 September 2020.

Clients booking Class 5 and Class 7 Driving Lessons prior to 1 September 2020 will still get our Current Lesson Prices, which are very competitive. 

Driving Lessons booked on or after 1 September 2020 will be billed at our new prices.

To book Driving Lessons you can Contact Us by phone/text at (250)732-8093,  by email at mark@WestCoastDriverTraining.com or through the Dialog Box at the bottom of this page.

Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is now available for lessons (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is now available for lessons (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2018 Toyota Corolla parked outside the Starbucks / Chapters, Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo: West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc.)
Our 2018 Toyota Corolla parked outside the Starbucks / Chapters, Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo: West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc.)

West Coast Driver Training Has Re-Opened For Driving Lessons

After being shut down since March 2020 to comply with COVID-19 regulations, West Coast Driver Training is re-opening for Driving Lessons as of today.

Please contact us to schedule Driving Lessons. You can phone or text us at 250-732-8093.

We will still be observing COVID-19 precautions as recommended by WorkSafeBC. Instructors will be wearing masks while conduction in car lessons.

Before each lesson, clients will be asked to sign a form saying they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, have not been in contact in the previous 14 days with anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positve for COVID-19 and have not travelled outside of B.C. in the last 14 days prior to the lesson.

We look forward to seeing our existing clients and new clients.

Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is now available for lessons (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime is now available for lessons (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2018 Toyota Corolla parked outside the Starbucks / Chapters, Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo: West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc.)
Our 2018 Toyota Corolla parked outside the Starbucks / Chapters, Woodgrove Centre, Nanaimo, B.C. (photo: West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc.)