Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Final Rule Adds Flexibility to CDL Skills Testing

CDL A student driver is evaluated. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a final rule to increase flexibility in the commercial driver license skills test process.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 17, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Minnesota Asks FMCSA to Reconsider Request for CDL Testing Relief

truck testing John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Minnesota is making another attempt to gain reprieve from certain federal commercial driver license testing requirements, marking the continuation of a four-year effort for exemption.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 30, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

North Carolina Extends Expiration Dates for Licenses, Registrations

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper sits for an interview. (Gerry Broome/Associated Press)

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will extend license and registration expiration dates for more than two dozen credentials, including those that apply to truck drivers, in accordance with Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 relief package.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 12, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Iowa Driver Among First in US to Use Technology for CDL Skills Test

Lonnie Orr Orr displays his certificate of training for Entry Level Commercial Driver. (160 Driving Academy)

Lonnie Orr of Davenport, Iowa, was among the first drivers in the U.S. to take advantage of a federal emergency declaration allowing new drivers to maintain COVID-19 social distancing while having their driving abilities evaluated by a state examiner observing from a trailing vehicle.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 7, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Stakeholders Tell Congress, Governors: CDLs, Permits Need to Be Processed

CDLs A student at a Truck Training America location, before the pandemic. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

To avert a potential truck driver shortage during the coronavirus emergency, a coalition of large businesses and trade groups has urged Congress and the nation’s governors to implement procedures that would allow new drivers to more quickly obtain commercial learner permits and commercial driver licenses.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 7, 2020
Business, Logistics, TCA

Ohio Career Center Expands Trucking Classes to Meet Growing Job Needs

student driver Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Butler Tech’s popular commercial trucking program is expanding to Clermont County in Ohio as part of a recently announced expansion of its truck driver training program.

Michael D. Clark | Journal-News (Hamilton, Ohio)
January 8, 2020
Government, Business, TCA

Florida School District to Open CDL Driving Pad

Driver behind the wheel Corey Gray

The Marion County (Fla.) School District’s CDL program is about to hit a new gear now that a newly constructed truck driving pad is poised to open Jan. 10.

Joe Callahan | Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner
January 6, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Proposes Adding Location Flexibility to CDL Testing Process

FMCSA A driver in training at a CDL school. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a proposed rule July 24 meant to ease the process for people pursuing a commercial driver license.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Proposes Rule to Add Flexibility to CDL Skills Testing

Driver and trainer A student trains behind the wheel with his instructor. (Roadmaster Drivers School)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a rule that would increase flexibility for the skills test process for those seeking a commercial driver license.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 27, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

ATA Touts Introduction of Interstate Driving Legislation

young driver behind the wheel Luke Sharrett/ Bloomberg News

American Trucking Associations has strongly praised the introduction in the 116th Congress of a bill designed to facilitate interstate driving for truckers younger than 21.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 1, 2019