The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, per 49 CFR Subpart E - Entry-Level Driver Training Requirements, requires all entry-level drivers who drive in interstate commerce and are subject to the commercial driver license (CDL) requirements of 49 CFR Part 383 to complete training addressing the following four areas:
This course covers all four topics for the new commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver.
- Driver qualification requirements
- Hours of service of drivers
- Driver wellness
- Whistleblower protection
After taking this course, you will be able to:
- Recognize the driver qualification (DQ) regulations purpose and requirements
- Identify the goals of the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations in 49 CFR 395 and define key terms related to HOS
- Recognize the maximum driving times allowed for property-carrying CMV drivers and the Out-of-Service criteria for violations of the maximum driving times
- Identify the exceptions to the maximum driving time rules, including exceptions for special categories of drivers, drivers in special situations, and drivers using a sleeper berth
- Recognize the required contents of the Record of Duty Status, the Out-of-Service violations of the Record of Duty Status (RODS), and be able to correctly prepare your own RODS
- Recognize potential health and lifestyle hazards associated with driving CMVs and identify techniques for avoiding them
- Identify the rights and protections provided by the Whistleblower Protection Act for employees in the transportation industry.