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
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Surveys States on Severity of CDL Testing Delays

CDL driving school Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration earlier this month sent a survey to states asking for detailed information on the extent of delays in commercial driver license skills testing after industry stakeholders complaints that the delays are contributing to a driver shortage and slowing employment start dates for new drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2017
Government, Business

Iowa DOT Builds CDL Exam App to Improve Pass Rate

I-380 South traffic in Cedar Rapids Truck traffic navigates I-380 South in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

About 60% of commercial driver license applicants in Iowa fail the knowledge exam on their first try, according to Mindi Nguyen, assistant to the director of the state Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division. But with a new mobile application, Iowa DOT will attempt to redress that.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 22, 2017
Business, Safety, TCA

Illinois Community College Adds CDL Classes to Fill Growing Demand for Truck Drivers

Student Driver Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

Sauk Valley Community College in Illinois is ramping up its commercial driver’s license training, adding classes to funnel more workers into the region’s top-growing occupation.

Rachel Rodgers | Daily Gazette (Sterling, Ill.)
August 8, 2017

House Advances Bills To Help Veterans Access CDLs

Legislation aimed at making it easier for veterans to access commercial driver licenses was passed by the U.S. House on June 26.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 28, 2017

Transport Topics' 'CDL or Bust' Series Wins National Honor

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Transport Topics has won a national award for its CDL or Bust daily online series that traced the efforts of seven students to earn commercial driver licenses and become professional truck drivers.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
May 18, 2017
Business, Technology

Transport Topics Wins Two Business Publication Awards

John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The American Society of Business Publication Editors announced at an April 13 awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., that Transport Topics had won regional silver awards for two features: Its "CDL or Bust” digital series and the July 2016 print edition of iTECH.

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
April 13, 2017

Missouri Trucking Company Taps School 700 Miles Away for CDL Training

Big Sandy Community & Technical College

When officials from R&R Trucking were looking for quality commercial driver’s license training, they looked long and far.

February 15, 2017

FMCSA to Simplify Process for Veterans to Get CDLs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week announced its final rule intended to assist the transition of military personnel to civilian careers as truck drivers by simplifying the learner permit and driver license process.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 17, 2016

High Demand for Truck Drivers Leads to New CDL Training in Ohio

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

The demand for commercial drivers to haul goods from the growing logistics center in the region has led to a partnership that will bring additional truck driving training to the Dayton, Ohio, area.

Thomas Gnau | Daily News (Dayton, Ohio)
October 12, 2016