Writer worried about training (April 01, 2000)

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Dear Editor,

I am writing to express my concerns about truck training schools that do and don’t provide quality training. I have recently obtained my AZ drivers’ license through a truck driving school. I was very disappointed with the results.

At the first school I was told it would be easy to place me with a carrier even though my drivers’ abstract was not very clean (there are six points against me). I am still searching for a job. Second, the training I received was only with empty trailers, with no experience given with loaded trailers for real-life situations. Third, there was no training to cross the border, which in my opinion is very important.

Fourth, the students were limited in their time in the truck. On occasion, three students would go in one truck at a time. Our hours were counted as if we were one-on-one.

Fifth, the dangerous goods course was taught by the school’s secretary.

Greg Maas

St. George, Ont.

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