Human Trafficking Laws (ELDT B-A)

What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and includes the recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, or obtaining of a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud or coercion. It is a crime under federal and international law; it is also a crime in every state in the …

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Physical Qualifications of Drivers

Why is a CMV driver’s health important? A driver’s health is important to her own safety and the safety of other road users.  As a result, the FMCSRs require all drivers to undergo a formal medical examination. The medical examination must be conducted by a medical examiner listed and approved on the FMCSA National Registry …

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General Qualifications of Drivers

Are there requirements in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that drivers need to meet in order to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV)? Yes.  The FMCSRs copper of the details of driver qualification (DQ).  Details are found in section 391.11 and 391.13 of the FMCSRs. What are the general qualifications for a person …

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CDL Suspensions

What violations will cause me to lose my CDL?   Having a blood alcohol concentration of .04% or greater while operating or being in actual physical control of a Commercial Motor Vehicle  If you are driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle at the time of your arrest, your commercial privileges are lost immediately and will remain suspended …

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What is the Impact of Drug Abuse ? Drug Abuse costs Americans billions of dollars each year from loss of productivity, to health care costs and other costs related family and community.   Drug addiction is a complex disease; long term drug use can result in adverse effects to a person’s behavior and brain function.    Like …

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Alcohol and Driving

How Does Alcohol Impact Drivers? Treatment for Alcoholism is available to everyone, however there is no cure.  Even if an alcoholic has completed a treatment program and has been sober for many years, he or she can still fall into a relapse.  The best treatment for any alcoholic is to completely avoid any and all …

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Interpersonal Communication by Drivers

Why is good interpersonal communication important for professional drivers?  Drivers spend a good amount of time alone in their truck.  But there are important times when interpersonal, or face-to-face, communication skills are necessary.   You may think, “No problem; I know how to carry on a conversation.”  But do you? Does the customer you’re speaking with know that you’re listening? Are you …

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Roadside Inspection Results

Does the driver get a written record of the inspection outcomes?  Yes.  The officer will provide the driver with an inspection report.  This will be issued whether defects or violations are found, or not.  You are entitled to a copy of the report, so if you do not receive one, ask politely.  The inspection report will identify any …

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Roadside Inspections

Why is it important for a professional driver to be able to communicate clearly?  Every driver will have to communicate with law enforcement, the public, other road users, shippers and others.  These are known as “external communications.”  So drivers need to be able to professionally communicate with verbal and non-verbal expression in a way that reflects positively …

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