Bill to Require Safety Training Standards for Truck Drivers Signed by the Governor

October 01, 2018
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) announced that Senate Bill (SB) 1236 has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.  The bill will improve road safety by implementing new federal commercial truck driving regulations, as well as adding additional truck driver safety requirements. 
“California should not be licensing commercial drivers who lack adequate training and knowledge on how to properly operate their large commercial vehicles, and I am extremely pleased that Governor Brown has signed SB 1236,” Senator Monning said.  “This measure will ensure that drivers of big rigs and other large vehicles have the necessary experience to drive safely on our streets and roads by establishing a minimum number of behind-the-wheel training hours.  These stronger training standards will save lives.”
In 2014, a truck driver on Highway 17 lost control and crashed into 10 cars, injuring seven and killing 25-year-old Daniel McGuire of Santa Cruz.  The truck driver’s lack of adequate training and experience was deemed a major factor in the fatal crash.  In that same year, there were 10,062 at-fault commercial vehicle collisions reported in California, of which 2,432 resulted in injury and 68 were fatal.
SB 1236 implements a new federal rule that requires those seeking a commercial driver’s license (CDL) complete a certified course of instruction from a commercial driving institution or program offered by an employer before being issued a CDL.  Additionally, the bill requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish minimum behind-the-wheel training requirements to be completed as part of the new CDL training.
Senator Monning added, “I especially want to thank the McGuire family for its years of commitment to supporting this effort.  Their determination and strength will prevent future tragedies on the streets and highways of California.”
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