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Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Truck Driver School Bustles Amid Driver Shortage

California Truck Driving Academy Student drivers gather around a practice truck to inspect the vehicle at California Truck Driving Academy. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Business is booming at the California Truck Driving Academy amid a nationwide shortage of longhaul drivers that has led to promises of high pay and instant job offers.

Eugene Garcia | Associated Press
November 24, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Study: Training Helps Younger Drivers Stay as Safe as Those Retiring

Student driver in truck with trainer A student trains behind the wheel with his instructor. The VTTI study found “no safety-based reason not to use younger drivers when structured training, mentoring and coaching systems are in place.” (Roadmaster Drivers School)

A study commissioned by FMCSA found "no safety-based reason not to use younger drivers" to help fill the void left by retiring older drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Proposes Two-Year Delay of Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Due to IT Glitches

Student driver approaches truck A student approaches a tractor trailer during a CDL class in Kentucky in 2014. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Federal trucking regulators have proposed a two-year delay for compliance with certain provisions in the Entry Level Driver Training rule to allow more time for development of the secure electronic transfer of information to the certified training provider registry and state driver licensing agencies.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 17, 2019
Government, Business

California Trucking School Charged in $4.3 Million VA Fraud

Emmit Marshall The CDL school's Marshall and Greene. (Alliance School of Trucking)

Surely former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw had no way of knowing that a California truck driver training school he was featuring on his TV “news program” in 2014 was at the same time being investigated for bilking the Veterans Administration out of millions of dollars for students that never even intended to show up for classes.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
April 12, 2018
Perspective

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
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