The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) had adopted a policy to support the Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) and its objectives.
Truckload Carriers Assoc. (TCA) chairman Clifton Parker said that having ATA's members support PTDI's objectives of developing minimum entry-level driver training standards established by the industry and ensuring the availability of a reliable and consistently trained pool of entry-level drivers will enable PTDI to continue its mission.
PTDI also announced that it has recently re-certified the truck driver training courses of 12 schools in the U.S. and one in Canada.
Schools applying for PTDI certification must undergo an on-site visit from a two-member evaluation team that examines the school's existing standards, procedures, and practices. A certification committee then reviews the results of the on-site visit and other supporting documents before certifying the program.
"We have continued to seek PTDI certification because we are dedicated to it," said Louise Philbin, program director and owner of 5th Wheel Training Institute in Ontario. "We have taken that PTDI model to our heavy equipment program, and whenever we set up another program, we use this model."