Truck li­cens­ing

Big Rigs - - READER CORNER -

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

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