CHP offers 'refresher course' for area truckers

| Friday, February 03, 2006

If you’re trucking in California, the state’s highway patrol would like to sit down and have a chat with you – and this time, you won’t be given a ticket when they’re through.

As part of its ongoing Commercial Industry Education Program, the California Highway Patrol is offering free continuing education classes to truckers who travel in the area. The free courses are at various locations throughout the state, with recent efforts focused on Mendocino County, the Ukiah Daily Journal reported.

According to CHP’s Web site, each session is different, with the patrol concentrating on:

  • Maintenance inspection (pre-trip and Level I) procedures;
  • Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT);
  • Hazardous materials transportation requirements;
  • Hours of service;
  • Controlled substance and alcohol testing requirements;
  • Insurance requirements and fraud awareness;
  • Size and weight requirements and issues; and
  • Rules of the road and driver safety tips.

However, the patrol will usually address each of the following issues, regardless of the specific seminar topic:

  • Vehicle/carrier inspection requirements and procedures;
  • Size and weight requirements;
  • Understanding out-of-service criteria;
  • Rules of the road/driver safety;
  • Commercial enforcement personnel; and
  • Understanding CVSA inspection sticker issuance.

For more information on CHP’s education program, contact the program’s coordinator at (916) 445-1865.

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