CDL

The weak arguments for skimping on behind-the-wheel training

It’s sadly ironic that the agency charged with improving trucking safety would rely on lame excuses to shrug its shoulders at a simple, common-sense way to shore up safety.

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Two Detroit DOT officials charged in CDL fraud scheme

Two Department of Transportation employees for the city of Detroit have been hit with felony charges for allegedly taking cash bribes in a CDL fraud scheme, according to the DOT Office of Inspector General.

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Florida governor proposes free CDLs for military veterans

Florida Gov. Rick Scott included a proposal in his budget that would cut fees for military veterans receiving their CDLs.

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PTDI, others: A behind-the-wheel minimum is ‘critical’ for effective training rule

Just why did FMCSA exclude a behind-the-wheel minimum from its entry level training rule? Answers explored here, with views from another call for the agency to reconsider the rule to include a BTW minimum.

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No really, it’s that stupid

"The FMCSA had a chance to do something truly effective about safety" with the entry level driver training rule, Wendy contends, and "they made a mockery of it." And not only that: "They made it a very expensive mockery – for all of us."

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Trucking rap sheet: Trucker medical examiners involved in fraud cases, another sentencing in CDL test scheme

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General recently announced court activity in five trucking-related crime investigations. Here’s a summary of what happened with each: Florida man sentenced in CDL testing scheme Adrian Salari was sentenced Oct. 3 to six months in prison, which will be followed by a year of supervised release for his role in a CDL testing scheme. Salari and fellow employees of Larex Incorporated were charged with conspiracy to unlawfully produce Florida driver’s licenses and ...

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FMCSA gives states option to waive portion of CDL test for certain military truck drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued the two-year exemption that will go into effect Oct. 27 after the Missouri Department of Revenue requested the exemption earlier this year. The exemption effectively gives military truck drivers credit for their military training.

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FMCSA eases requirements for military vets looking to obtain CDL

Military personnel who drove commercial vehicles in the service looking to transition into the trucking industry will now have a full year to apply for a skills test waiver instead of just 90 days after they leave the service. Additionally, the rule allows states to accept applications from active-duty military members that are stationed in that state.

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Progressive Insurance releases tool aimed to help bring more drivers into trucking

Progressive's New Trucker's Playbook walks potential truckers through the process of becoming a truck driver from getting a CDL to obtaining MC and USDOT numbers to getting the right insurance.

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OOIDA, other trucking orgs mostly on board with pilot program for under-21 truckers

Several trucking and safety organizations submitted comments to the docket, with trucking organizations generally on board with the proposal and safety organizations generally opposed to it.

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