American Trucking Association Calls For Tougher Driver Training


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Jan 28, 2007
The American Trucking Associations is calling for tougher driver training standards in efforts to raise the safety bar for new drivers entering the industry.

ATA’s board of directors adopted a new safety policy at its winter meeting that calls upon the industry to embrace competency-based training standards, provides guidance on the qualifications for driver-instructors and promotes tougher commercial driver’s license testing for new drivers.

“The federal government should require stronger training standards to ensure that drivers are truly prepared to meet the real-world driving conditions they will face every day,” said ATA President Bill Graves.

“By raising the training standards for both students and instructors along with the testing requirements to obtain a commercial driver’s license,” Graves said, “we ensure that only highly trained drivers are traveling the nation’s roads.”

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