I THINK going through the process, aka a program, that teaches weight distribution, basic mechanics, minimum four years, without fail to hold a full licence for the grade licence you trying to get but it also needs to incorporate driving training without a doubt (loaded an unloaded), how to handle fatigue management.
This is just a simple thought from me, call it a truck-driving apprenticeship, but sadly I think it’s hard to find employers who will want this process due to the fact that you as an employer could spend two years training someone and then have them go elsewhere.
I see that as wasting the employer’s time and not fair on the employer giving two years of themselves to make sure the driver knows what to do.
I think there should be some kind of contract between the driver and employer that states they give you four years to get what you want and in return you give them four years as a solid employee, all going to plan, so both sides benefit.
But if you just go through a driving school/training school then the above doesn’t matter if you want to run your own business.
But it should remain a four-year course, and minimum two years between grades so hopefully you have gained more experience before the next upgrade.
Yes it may slow down the time to get the next grade licence but it has to be safer, not all truckles are cowboys so hopefully a program might take away the stigma some truckies face out on the road doing the right thing. — Russell Palmer