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Book Recommendation - March 2022 - Insights From Inside

Book Recommendation for your March 2022

Insights From Inside

Inspector Alan W. Wintermute R.S.E. (Retired)

You can purchase his book through his website, which you can visit here

About the book:


The laws governing commercial motor vehicles are not easy to understand and it can take hours wading through them to find anything. Passing inspection requires a roadmap to which one must commit faithful execution over time. Insights from Inside, written courtesy of the experience of a transportation enforcement officer/CVSA inspector with a background as a licensed mechanic, provides that roadmap, along with tips and cost-saving suggestions for heavy truck drivers, owner/operators, and fleet managers. It also offers maintenance suggestions, insider insight, and strategies on how to pass CVSA Level 1 inspection during roadside stops with a commercial motor vehicle. ​ While the book’s focus is Ontario laws, there’s some policy standardization throughout North America and the same inspection procedure and training for enforcement officers tasked with inspecting commercial motor vehicles, trailers, and buses reigns continent-wide—so its data points are wide ranging. Armed with this book, drivers and fleet operators can know what to expect no matter in what jurisdiction an inspection is performed.

About the author:

Inspector Alan Wintermute earned his license as a motor vehicle mechanic after having completed an apprenticeship in Ontario. The license was later divided into a few designations as the trade became more complex and servicing motor vehicles increasingly required specialized training and experience. Inspector Wintermute was grandfathered into two of those categories: truck/coach technician and automotive service technician. In Ontario, as in other provinces, an interprovincial seal—now called the Red Seal Endorsement, or RSE, as per a recent College of Trades adjustment—is awarded to the candidate for licensing in a trade if they reach a specified mark on their qualification examination. Alan Wintermute was awarded this seal on his certificate of qualification—significant because it extends its recognition across all the provinces of Canada—immediately following the completion of his apprenticeship.

Alan Wintermute has long been fascinated with both the way laws are written and the atmosphere of a courtroom. He practised as a paralegal in Toronto for about sixteen years, and earned a fellowship certificate in the law of evidence from the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. Seeking a steady income, benefits, and a pension during a time of economic downturn, he sought an appointment as a transportation enforcement officer and was given a berth with Ontario’s elite enforcement agency, one of six licensed motor vehicle mechanics hired to this role (at its peak, the Ontario transportation enforcement agency had about 365 officers, thirty-five of whom were licensed motor vehicle mechanics). He held it from April 2003 until his retirement in October of 2020.

During his tenure in enforcement, Inspector Wintermute worked as a patrol officer in Toronto and at truck inspection stations on Highways 401, 400, and the Queen Elizabeth Way, in Ontario. He also taught new recruits at basic training for eleven years.

Alan Wintermute lives with his wife in Ontario, some thirty kilometres from the American border.


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