CDL

Government, Business

Skills Testing Delays Cost US Economy $1.5 Billion, CVTA Study Says

A Truck Training America student takes a skills test in Kentucky. A Truck Training America student drives through the Kentucky State Police CDL test track and road course in Louisville, Ky. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Commercial driver skills testing delays are responsible for $1.5 billion in annual economic losses for the U.S. economy and more than 6.4 million days of delays for new drivers, according to new research commissioned by the Commercial Vehicle Training Association.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 10, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Most States Don't Experience CDL Skills Test Delays, FMCSA Survey Shows

CDL Skills-Test Delays A student approaches a truck during a commercial driver license class at Lake Cumberland CDL Training School in Mount Sterling, Ky. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

The large majority of states are experiencing few delays in scheduling entry-level truck drivers for their skills tests, according to a new congressionally mandated survey conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

California Approves a 15-hour Minimum Driver Training Requirement for CDLs

Student driver gets instruction in cab Smith & Solomon

California legislators have passed a bill requiring that entry-level truck drivers spend at least 15 hours in training behind the wheel to be eligible for a commercial driver license.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 15, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Opinion

Opinion: A Sensible Way to Lower the CDL Age Requirement

For interstate carriers, allowing younger drivers to earn a CDL would vastly widen the pool of drivers and limit the loss of candidates to other careers. And that’s why some legislators are seeking a solution.

Laura McMillan | Vice President of Training Development, Instructional Technologies Inc.
September 17, 2018
Opinion

Opinion: US Gets Serious About Driver Training

While the electronic logging device mandate has been dominating the headlines, a lesser-known provision enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require that U.S.-based commercial driver license training facilities prove they meet facility, staff and curriculum requirements.

Laura McMillan | Vice President of Training Development, Instructional Technologies Inc.
February 21, 2018
Government, Business

PennDOT Seeking CDL Holders for Seasonal Maintenance Work

A snow plow works Interstate 79 in Zelienople, Pa. A snow plow works Interstate 79 in Zelienople, Pa. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking commercial driver license holders to take on temporary maintenance work as the state braces for inclement weather this winter.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2017
Business

Carriers, States Team on Felon CDL Training Programs

Student approaches a tractor-trailer during a CDL class Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The need for drivers and a desire to be good corporate citizens has spurred some carriers to reach out to state correctional agencies to encourage the training of inmates to take the commercial driver license test.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
November 29, 2017
Business

Florida Closes Key Power Driving & Traffic School

Florida in November closed the third-party commercial drivers license testing company Key Power Driving & Traffic School, reporting that its “practices posed an immediate serious danger to the public health, safety and welfare.”

Transport Topics
November 27, 2017
Business, Safety

Georgia Technical School Adds Seats To Truck Driving Class

Truck driver education through Albany Technical College WALB10 via YouTube

Albany Technical College, based in Albany, Ga., is increasing enrollment opportunities for students studying to be truck drivers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 17, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Grants Aim to Improve Safety, Streamline CDL Process

Student driver Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recent series of state-level grants will not only improve driver safety, but will also expedite the process of obtaining a commercial driver license, according to Tom Keane, director of the agency’s Office of Safety Programs.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 10, 2017

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