Cowichan Valley Citizen Article About West Coast Driver Training Using Dash Cams During Driving Lessons

The Cowichan Valley Citizen has published an article about West Coast Driver Training and our use of dash cams during driving lessons.

This photo of West Coast Driver Training owner Mark Anderson appeared in a Cowichan Valley Citizen article about our use of dash cameras during driving lessons (photo: Robert Barron - Cowichan Valley Citizen)
This photo of West Coast Driver Training owner Mark Anderson appeared in a Cowichan Valley Citizen article about our use of dash cameras during driving lessons (photo: Robert Barron – Cowichan Valley Citizen)

Since this article was published by the Cowichan Valley Citizen and reprinted in many other Black Press newspapers in BC, West Coast Driver Training has received messages of support from all over the province. We thanks all those who have called us to express their support for the position we are taking on the use of dash cameras in our cars.

West Coast Driver Training uses Garmin 56 dash cams (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
West Coast Driver Training uses Garmin 56 dash cams (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Running An Air Brakes Course In Nanaimo On 30-31 October 2021

West Coast Driver Training will be offering an Air Brakes Course in Nanaimo on:

  • 30-31 October 2021, 9 am to 5 pm, at the Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. Cost is $175.00 + GST = $183.75 / person. .
  • Click here for a map showing the location of the Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • To sign up or to get more information, Contact Us, call/text West Coast Driver Training at 250-732-8093 or email mark@WestCoastDriverTraining.com.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.

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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Using Dash Cameras In All Future Driving Lessons

Over the last several months West Coast Driver Training has experienced a number of incidents of dangerous driving by other drivers around our teaching cars during lessons, several incidents of pedestrians running out into the road in front of our cars during lessons and several Road Rage incidents directed towards our clients during lessons.

We experienced another Road rage incident today from another driver who was apparently upset about one of our Class 7 clients doing the legally required 30 kph through a clearly marked 30 kph school zone in Duncan.

School Zone sign (Advisory) with regulatory sign attached for posted 30 km/h speed limit. Note that this sign contains hours the School Zones is in effect, in this case 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on School Days (photo by WestCoastDriverTraining.com)
School Zone sign (Advisory) with regulatory sign attached for posted 30 km/h speed limit. Note that this sign contains hours the School Zones is in effect, in this case 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on School Days (photo by WestCoastDriverTraining.com)

As in previous Road Road incidents we contacted the RCMP to report the incident and the first question the RCMP asked us was whether we had dash camera video of the incident. Unfortunately we did not.

West Coast Driver Training uses Garmin 56 dash cams (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
West Coast Driver Training uses Garmin 56 dash cameras (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

In light of these incidents and for the protection of our clients, Instructors and vehicles, West Coast Driver Training will have operating outward facing dash cameras installed, front and rear, in our training vehicles during all future driving lessons. These cameras record both video and audio.

Another reason for our new policy of using Garmin 56 dash cameras during all driving lessons is the recently publicized allegation(s) of sexual harassment against Steve Wallace, owner and Instructor at Wallace Driving School. In light of this/these serious allegation(s) against Steve Wallace, driving school clients are understandably concerned about their safety and/or the safety of their family members during driving lessons.

West Coast Driver Training has, and has had, a lot of female clients and has never had any complaints like the allegations made against Steve Wallace. We hope that our new policy of using dash cameras during all driving lessons will help alleviate any concerns potential future clients may have about taking driving lessons in light of the allegations made against Steve Wallace of Wallace Driving School.

Update: The Cowichan Valley Citizen has published an article about West Coast Driver Training and its dash cam policy. As a result of this article in the Cowichan Valley Citizen, West Coast Driver Training has been getting messages of support from all over British Columbia. We thanks all those who have called us to express their support for our position on dash cameras in our cars.

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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Running An Air Brakes Course In Nanaimo On 18-19 September 2021

West Coast Driver Training will be offering an Air Brakes Course in Nanaimo on:

  • 18-19 September 2021, 9 am to 5 pm, at the Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. Cost is $175.00 + GST = $183.75 / person. .
  • Click here for a map showing the location of the Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C.
  • To sign up or to get more information, call/text West Coast Driver Training at 250-732-8093.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.
Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C. We rent this venue for Air Brakes Courses in Nanaimo.

Here is a map showing the location of the Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C.:


Here is a Google Street View image of the entrance to Morpeth Masonic Hall, 620 Morpeth Avenue, Nanaimo, B.C.:

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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Offering Lessons In Victoria Every Saturday

Due to the increasing wait times for Road Tests in Duncan, many of our Class 5 and Class 7 clients are booking Road Tests in Victoria and are asking if I can do driving lessons with them in Victoria.

In order to accommodate these requests West Coast Driver Training will be now offering Class 4 Restricted, Class 5 and Class 7 lessons in Victoria every Saturday. We also welcome new clients from the Greater Victoria area.

For our Victoria clients and our Cowichan Valley clients wanting driving lessons in Victoria, we suggest meeting at the ICBC Driver Licensing office at #1-1150 MacKenzie Avenue or the ICBC Claims Centre at 425 Dunedin Street. These are the ICBC Road Test locations in Greater Victoria.

Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime at the ICBC Driver Licensing office, 426 Dunedin Street, Victoria, BC (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2020 Toyota Prius Prime at the ICBC Driver Licensing office, 426 Dunedin Street, Victoria, BC (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. This photo shows the parking stalls where Road Tests begin and end. (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. This photo shows the parking stalls where Road Tests begin and end. (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

To arrange driving lessons, please Contact Us.

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School District 64 On Salt Spring Island Is Hiring School Bus Drivers. West Coast Driver Training Is Providing The Air Brakes And Class 2 Training

School District 64 on Salt Spring Island is hiring school bus drivers on a part time casual basis and will provide training for prospective drivers who do not already have a Class 2 Drivers License and an Air Brakes Endorsement.

West Coast Driver Training will be providing the Air Brakes Course and Class 2 training for these new school bus drivers hired by School District 64.

For those interesting in applying for any of these positions, here is a link to an advertisement for this School District 64 posting: https://saltspringexchange.com/list/bus-drivers/

Our 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid at the ICBC Driver Lincensing office, Nanaimo, BC (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid at the ICBC Driver Lincensing office, Nanaimo, BC (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

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West Coast Driver Training Is Now Offering Three Hour Malahat Lessons From Duncan To Victoria And Back

In response to frequent requests from clients, West Coast Driver Training now offers a three hour Malahat lesson which involves driving over the Malahat from Duncan to Victoria, lesson time in downtown Victoria and then returning to Duncan from Victoria via the Malahat.

Our 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid at the Malahat Summit Viewpoint. (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid at the Malahat Summit Viewpoint. (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

The cost is for this 3 hour lesson is $220.00 plus GST, currently $231.00.

To arrange a Malahat lesson, 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 post.

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West Coast Driver Training Will Be Offering An Air Brakes Course In Duncan On 26-27 June 2021

West Coast Driver Training will be offering an Air Brakes Course in Duncan on:

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre, 5285 Polkey Road, Duncan, BC (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre, 5285 Polkey Road, Duncan, BC (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

Here is a map showing the location of the H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre, 5285 Polkey Road, Duncan, B.C.:


Here is a Google Street View image of the entrance to 5285 Polkey Road, Duncan, B.C.:

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Our New 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Is Now Available For Driving Lessons

West Coast Driver Training has recently added a new 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid to out training fleet. It has had the corporate decals applied and the Instructor Brake installed on the passenger side and is now available for clients.

Our 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid at the ICBC Driver Lincensing office, Nanaimo, BC (photo: West Coast Driver Training)
Our 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid at the ICBC Driver Licensing office, Nanaimo, BC (photo: West Coast Driver Training)

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The First Video On The New West Coast Driver Training YouTube Channel

West Coast Driver Training has a new YouTube channel and a new 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid that will become our latest teaching car.

It seems appropriate to make our new 2021 Toyota Corolla the topic of the first video on the new YouTube channel

Look for more videos about our new 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid as it gets its decals and signage, its new passenger side Instructor Brake installed and its Commercial Vehicle Inspection done.

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