Transit operators are questioning the fairness of the Commercial Motor Vehicles Safety Act which was passed to improve safety on the nation's highway, but which makes transit drivers susceptible to the same requirements as truck drivers. Drivers must score 80 percent on all sections of the written test which may include questions on air brakes, transportation of hazardous materials, and/or combination vehicles, none of which truly fall under the community transportation domain. Although the study manual and exams are supposedly for sixth or seventh grade comprehension, many drivers have difficulty understanding either of them. Therefore, a bill has been introduce that will provide funds for literacy training. No one argues against making the highways safe. A beter solution may be a licensing program which is appropriate for the trucking industry and another which is more applicable to transit drivers and the types of "cargo" they handle.

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  • Accession Number: 00490925
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1990 12:00AM