A new law will require truck drivers who are applying for or renewing a Class A commercial driver’s license in Arkansas to complete a human trafficking prevention course. The law goes into effect on July 31.
Truck drivers can take an online course through Truckers Against Trafficking to become certified.
The Truckers Against Trafficking online certification program takes 30 minutes and is free.
To complete the TAT certification program, click here. Then go to “Get Certified” and register. After registering, a truck driver can complete the course by watching the online video and taking a short quiz.
Once a truck driver has passed the quiz, he or she will have the option to print and/or download the certificate. If on a mobile device, TAT recommends that the individual take a screenshot of the image.
Truck drivers are then asked to take a copy of their certificate to the Department of Finance and Administration when applying for or renewing a Class A CDL.
Truckers Against Trafficking said that drivers of companies who have implemented the TAT program should ask their employer to contact the organization about creating a co-branded certificate.
In a statement issued last week, TAT said that it understands that trucking is already “one of the most over-regulated industries.” The statement also said that the organization is encouraging lawmakers to push bills that mandate training in CDL schools only, and not for drivers who are renewing.
“We fully recognize the concerns around the Arkansas law that recently passed requiring our training, and we have been working nonstop to co-brand training certificates for all Arkansas-based companies who had already adopted the training (or recently began) in order to expedite the process for all concerned,” Truckers Against Trafficking wrote.
“Ultimately, we want to see those who are enslaved set free, and we want to work with the (trucking) industry to accomplish this goal. We are asking for your continued support in this effort and want you to know that your concerns are being heard and acted upon.”
For questions about the Arkansas law or how to get certified, send an email to Education@TruckersAgainstTrafficking.org, or call 612-888-2050.