In Australia, as we know, people who want to be truck drivers pay their way through training and testing, then they go looking for a job.
And perhaps the cost, upwards of $1,500 to gain a HC license, prevents some people from following their dream.
But in the U.S., where the truck driver shortage has again been named the biggest issue facing the road transport industry, road freight businesses are taking matters into their hands.
Some are starting their own driver-training schools.
One of those businesses is Boyd Bros. Transportation.
Cutting the ribbon on the Boyd Driving Academy this week, truckinginfo.com reported on the new strategy to attract candidates into a driving career with the business.
They say those candidates will receive internet-based lessons to help them prepare to gain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) permit.
Once they get their permits the hands-on portion of the program begins with the students learning basic truck controls and how to navigate different road characteristics.
The instructors also take the novice drivers through things like pre/post-trip inspections, tyre chain installation and removal, and accident procedures.
While attending the school, candidates will also receive housing and meals.
In order to become a student driver with Boyd, applicants must be at least 22 years old, have a valid driver’s license, consistent employment history and clean driving record.
Students must also pass a drug screen and physical as well as pass an agility test.
Good idea? Should we be looking at doing similar in Australia? Do we need to rethink the heavy vehicle licensing system in Australia? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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