Entry-level drivers are defined as drivers with less than one year of experience operating a commercial motor vehicle with a commercial driver license (CDL) in interstate commerce (Section 380.502 of the FMCSRs).
Entry-level drivers are required to receive instruction in 4 areas: driver qualification, driver wellness, hours of service, and whistleblower protection.
Driver qualification training covers the following:
- General qualifications (section 391.11)
- Driver responsibilities (section 391.13)
- Driver disqualification (section 391.15)
- Physical qualifications (section 391, subpart E)
- Diet and exercise
- Maintaining healthy blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight
- Avoiding excessive alcohol use
- Stress management
- Sleep apnea
- Periodic health monitoring
Hours of Service
- Driving hours limitation
- Off-duty requirements
- Record of duty status preparation
- Exceptions to the rules
All employee’s have the right to question the safety practices of their employer without the fear of reprisals or the loss of their job. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, administers and enforces the whistleblower protections. See 29 CFR 1978.
This training is mandatory for all Entry-level drivers. If you have drivers who have not completed this training, contact CDL College. We offer a course with a certificate to help carriers comply with the regulation.
Contact CDL college today to schedule. 303-227-7841.