New Arkansas Law Requires Human Trafficking Training For CDL Holders

Topic 19319 | Page 1

Page 1 of 1
The Highlight Reel's Comment
member avatar

0213488001493319812.jpeg

Earlier this month, Arkansas passed legislation requiring that all drivers who want to get or renew a Class A CDL in Arkansas will need to complete a human trafficking prevention course.

The state will not directly administer the training. Drivers will be required to watch a 26-minute movie and complete a 15-question quiz to be certified by Truckers Against Trafficking, who will then pass on that "evidence of completion" to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

“The course is geared to make commercial drivers to be aware of human trafficking, look for the tell-tale signs of individuals who may be with other drivers or around truck stops who may be victims of human trafficking,” - Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler

Truckers Against Trafficking trailer

Modern-day slavery, or human trafficking exists whenever people are bought and sold for forced labor or commercial sex. Around the world, there are an estimated 20.9 million slaves today. Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, and the number of victims in the United States is estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

Arkansas joins Ohio as the only states to require the training for new CDL applicants, but goes further to require renewing drivers to complete it.

Truckers Against Trafficking is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking. Truck drivers are uniquely positioned, as the eyes and ears of the road, to help recognize and report trafficking and save victims.

"Mission: Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a 501(c) 3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize the trucking industry to combat human trafficking as part of their regular jobs."

Truckers Against Trafficking Official Website

Human trafficking prevention training to be required for Arkansas truckers

States taking steps to combat human trafficking

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Deke's Comment
member avatar

I have learned in my short time of researching this industry that there are a lot of demands placed on truck drivers. But I have to say, for those that have to do the training, that this might be a very worthwhile 30 minutes of your life that could save someone else's....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cold War Surplus's Comment
member avatar

This is a slippery slope. There is no shortage of, "good causes" out there. Once the do-gooders find out that they can force CDL holders to participate in their pet projects that have nothing to do with our job (safely getting our loads from point A to point B in a timely manner) the floodgates are going to spring wide open:

Organ donation - Thousands of people die every year waiting for donor organs. Hundreds of CDL holders die on the job every year so making organ donation mandatory for CDL holders will save thousands of lives.

Rest areas - Cash-strapped states are closing rest areas because they can't afford to maintain them. Making CDL holders take an orientation class then clean one rest area per week will make sure there are plenty of rest areas for all and ease some of the financial pressure on the states.

First responder - A truck may be the first vehicle on the scene of a serious car accident. Doesn't it make sense that they should be trained as first-responders? Even basic first-aid training and a few medical supplies could save thousands of lives every year.

Blood donation, litter pickup, reporting drunk or high drivers, reporting four-wheelers for minor violations (dead headlights, speeding, etc), take three weather readings per day - the list WILL NOT END!

I thank the Great Spirit that I don't have a CA license - I'm sure they'll be required to talk with someone about race issues or use a different restroom than usual to keep their CDLs if this catches on.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Deke's Comment
member avatar

I understand your concern of "slippery slope", but it does seem to me that truck drivers are on the "front lines" so to speak of this very real travesty. This is a bit more than just a "good cause" we are talking about here. And I don't think I would necessarily label those that want to put an end to human trafficking and forced prostitution of minors as "do-gooders". At least not in the implied negative connotation. If wanting to put an end to the exploitation of the most vulnerable among us constitutes being a "do-gooder", then I guess I am one.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
member avatar

See something / SAY SOMETHING.

Truckers all over the country, are on the FRONT LINES of a lot of the skeevy stuff that goes on in this country.

I don't take issue, with providing some training on how to recognize this, and how to REPORT IT.

No one should take it upon themselves to be an "avenging angel" or vigilante, and try to intervene themselves. Never know what you might be stepping into.

As far as "making it a law" - don't see that much issue - despite it being limited SOLELY TO ARKANSAS at this point (for what little good that would do).

Don't know what I would want to see it AS A REQUIREMENT for obtaining a CDL ANYWHERE either - but companies should be "encouraged" to provide this training, or alternately, have it come down as a REG from FMSCA, so at least there if some "uniformity" to it.

Rick

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Page 1 of 1

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More