FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, right, and a panel of FMCSA officials listen to comments about proposed entry level driver training regulations.
LOUISVILLE — In a Friday “listening session” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hosted regarding its proposed entry-level driver training stories, truck driver training school officials warned that the proposal would make the current driver shortage even worse.
As FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro explained during opening remarks in the Friday afternoon session at the Mid-America Trucking Show, the agency has been working on this for more than two decades. Back in 1991 Congress ordered safety regulators to start work on a training rule. A 2004 rule requires new drivers to know basic information about the job, over and above the skills they need to pass the CDL exam.
Advocates for Highway Safety sued, saying that the lack of a requirement for road training is a fatal flaw in the rule. The court agreed and forced the agency to take another look. That led to a 2007 proposed rule that would require anyone applying for a new or updated CDL to graduate from an accredited program that includes road training as well as class training.
Last year’s highway bill, MAP-21, requires the agency to post a final rule by October. The most recent version would require anyone applying for a new or updated CDL to graduate from an accredited program that includes road training as well as class training.
To help defray the cost of tuition, the Diesel Truck Driver Training School is offering a two hundred dollar scholarship for any prospective student who takes advantage of their free class offering.
The country had 1,604,800 truck driving jobs in 2010 and the government projects a growth of 33,000 new jobs each year through 2020. Plus more jobs are available from the thousands of drivers who retire each year. Obviously the need for qualified drivers will not go away. The diesel Truck Driver Training School (http://www.truck-school.com) in Sun Prairie WI offers complete training packages for anyone who wants a solid future in professional driving.
To help defray the cost of tuition, the Diesel Truck Driver Training School is offering a two hundred dollar scholarship for any prospective student who takes advantage of their free class offering. This class covers an introduction to driving a heavy truck and those eligible for the scholarship can apply the money towards any one of the schools other classes.
Prospective students can sign up for classes by filling out an application by visiting the Diesel Truck Driver Training School website at https://www.truck-school.com/applications/app_one.php. Applications can also be given over the phone by calling (800) 332-7364 for classes that start up every two weeks. Classes are also held on weekends for those who cannot commit to a weekday classroom schedule.
To prepare students for their Class-A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) courses offered cover all aspects of driving a heavy truck, including inspections, hands on road driving, backing exercises and coupling/uncoupling a rig. Courses offered include the basic course that includes classroom training and road exercises to help students prepare for the CDL written test, CDL road test and DOT physical. The comprehensive program includes all the training included in the basic course but includes the cost of the CDL permit and DOT physical exam making them eligible to be covered under financial aid packages.
Originally posted 2013-03-29 13:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter