CDL

A safer, more sensible CDL entry path

The current prohibition on interstate driving for 18-20-year-old CDL holders does only so much to promote safety.

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Sleep apnea twilight zone in California: The strange trials of Greg Price

Price's story illustrates that when faced with a bureaucratic mistake, followed quite clearly by bureaucratic insolence, persistence for what is right and correct and true can ultimately win the day.

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Boldly breaking laws others aren’t allowed to break

Wendy back on the licensing soapbox -- "It is fundamentally against the law to practice any profession that requires a state-tested license without completing that license process."...

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10,000 vets have earned CDLs through FMCSA’s military waiver program

More than 10,000 veterans and active duty personnel have taken advantage of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Military Skills Test Waiver Program, the agency recently announced.

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Congress considering pilot program for CDL holders younger than 21 to haul interstate

U.S. Sen. Deb Fisher has introduced legislation that would allow a pilot program for CDL holders younger than 21 to do interstate hauling and delivery.

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C.R. England says goal in driver training exemption to get qualified truck operators working sooner

The only new entrant drivers that fall under the exemption, England says, are those who have completed all necessary skills tests and written tests and who have a commercial learner's permit, but simply haven’t been to their home state “to stand in a line at the DMV,” England said, to receive their CDL.

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Bad ideas and agendas

“We're from the gubmint, and we're here to help.” --FMCSA (apocryphal) ... Wendy: "No thanks. Your kind of 'help' is what will destroy us all."

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ICYMI: Putting a MATS badge to further use

I'm visiting old friends in New Jersey (near Philly) the first few days of this week. Back at it full bore no later than Thursday. Nonetheless, I've been meaning to share a blog post by my colleague over at CCJ, Jack Roberts, who also does a large majority of the equipment writing/test-drives that appear in Overdrive.  The post is an elaboration on an anecdote he shared with me shortly after MATS this year about the fortuitous circumstances ...

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Driver training: Introducing Bryan Spoon, owner-operator on the rulemaking committee

A podcast conversation with owner-operator and ELDTAC member Bryan Spoon; and DOT's Foxx asks "What if it all stops?", says the Onion.

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Podcast: Entry level driver training conversations following rulemaking committee meeting

Will traditional training approaches survive the Entry Level Driver Training rulemaking? If statutory language is any indication, it's likely. Voices on training standards/practices in this podcast.

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