CDL mills – something we can do without

By Mark H. Reddig, "Land Line Now" Host

The U.S. isn’t the only country with a problem with CDL mills. A recent editorial in Canada gave props, however, to how they are handling the problem north of the border.

On the one hand, Canada has, to quote the editorial, “unregulated, bargain-basement schools that churn out drivers who are ill-prepared to be on the highways.”

On the other hand, the editorial said the province took enforcement action against 40 schools in recent years, and all but four were shut down.

In the U.S., those CDL mills have to be practically selling the licenses out the back door before the feds or states will step in and tell them to stop it.

Beyond that, many among the worst have even taken federal scholarship money for “training” that shoves unsuspecting, ill-prepared and potentially dangerous new drivers onto the road – but apparently, that’s OK.

Now – before I get letters about all the good schools and training programs out there, or about how not all new drivers are bad – I get it. I’ve met relatively new drivers who give me hope for the future of the industry, and I know there are some good programs.

But far too many of these CDL mills are exactly that – diploma mills more interested in the profit they generate than in the quality of their graduates.

As Americans, we may not like regulation. But this is certainly a good example of how our neighbor to the north is doing things right. LL