Indiana to provide grants to 20 CDL applicants at state college

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Thursday, October 17, 2013

Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann has announced a round of grant money to train and certify prospective truck drivers at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne. Up to 20 candidates will receive $4,000 in tuition to get their CDLs.

Ellspermann lauded the grants as a collective effort to put people back to work. The grants are set aside for those who are unemployed, underemployed or who have recently gotten a GED.

Ivy Tech’s CDL program is a partnership with SAGE Technical Schools and uses the Professional Truck Drivers Institute curriculum.

Driving time at Ivy Tech includes 30-46 hours of “over-the-road and range instruction, utilizing a one-on-one delivery,” according to program information.

The federal government does not currently have a rule on entry level driver training standards for operators of commercial vehicles.

A 2007 notice of proposed rulemaking by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration targeted a possible minimum of 44 hours of behind-the-wheel training.

In a recent Federal Register posting, however, the FMCSA withdrew the 2007 proposal, citing issues raised by professional truckers and others at listening sessions earlier this year. The agency is mandated by current law to develop new driver training standards.

OOIDA is working to educate lawmakers and help influence what those standards will look like.

The Association recently launched Truckers for Safety, a four-part agenda that addresses current challenges in trucking and transportation. A big priority for the Association and its members is minimum training standards and qualifications for training instructors and mentors.

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