Consumer Choice Award 2018

1997 - 2018
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D.T.S.M. (Driver Training School of Motoring) Driving School

Our company motto of “Where Learning is Doing,” is founded upon our central core value to create a supportive learning environment for newly licensed drivers not only be able to understand the theory of driving but, also, the practical importance of operating a vehicle for successful driving careers ahead. D.T.S.M. owner, Chris Dougherty, began his career in driver training in 1963 in England. As an experienced instructor, Mr. Dougherty moved to Canada with his wife and three children. D.T.S.M. Driving School was then founded in 1981. D.T.S.M. has grown since inception to having over 30 vehicles.

We are proud to announce that, since the Consumer Choice Awards for Business Excellence was first introduced in Ottawa in 1997 we have won the Gold Consumer Choice Award for the last 22 years in the “Automotive and Transportation” category (1997-2018). Thank you, Ottawa.
The complete driver training courses at D.T.S.M. consist of:

  • 20 hours of in-class education.
  • 10 hours of at home assignments.
  • 10 hours of private in-car training on automatic vehicles.
  • 14 hours of private in-car training on automatic vehicles (Extended Program Only) 

All training courses are conducted according to the standards set by the Ministry of Transportation. Upon completion of your D.T.S.M. driver education program, each student will be certified electronically with the Ministry of Transportation. This will provide proof of completion that allows a student to take their driving test in (8) months at the Ministry of Transport instead of waiting (1) full year.

A driver’s license history form can be requested by the student once the student is certified with the Ministry of Transportation. Please note the Ministry of Transportation will charge you a fee for the DLH Form (Drivers License History Form). The following form is needed if proof of a student’s Beginner Drivers Education course completion. If needed for possible insurance purpose.

  • D.T.S.M. is a Ministry-Approved BDE Course Provider.
  • At D.T.S.M. Driving Schools, defensive driving is #1.
  • At D.T.S.M. Driving Schools, our main objective is to train all students to become good, safe and defensive drivers.
  • D.T.S.M. also participates in the community High School Driver Education Programs.
  • Mr. Dougherty is a Chief Instructor for The Ministry of Transportation.

"D.T.S.M. is the #1 Driving School in the City of Ottawa and surrounding areas."