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Truckers Against Trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a 501(c)3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking.

Partnering with law enforcement, government agencies, and corporate sponsors, TAT makes a difference in the industry by raising awareness about how to recognize human trafficking through programs such as the Freedom Drivers Project, a mobile exhibit that travels the country educating members of the trucking industry and general public about the realities of human trafficking.

Truck driving is not just for men!

According to the American Trucking Associations the United States is experiencing a shortage of more than 80,000 truck drivers. An aging driver demographic and the effects of a global pandemic have contributed to the shortage.

Women make up half of the American workforce and will play an important role in solving the driver shortage. This has forced carriers to revamp their recruiting efforts to address the lack of female truck drivers. Government agencies and legislators have also recognized the need to increase gender diversity within the transportation industry.

Tri-Area Trucking School is dedicated to supporting gender diversity and preparing women drivers so they feel confident and safe on the roads. There has never been a better time than right now for women to seek a career in commercial driving.

Truck Parking Shortage

Have you noticed an increase in tractor trailers parked on roadside shoulders? According to ATA, there are more than 11 truck drivers for every one parking space. The lack of safe parking has been an issue for truck drivers for years, preventing them from finding adequate parking to adhere to the federally mandated rest breaks.

Carriers are stepping up to address one of the greatest concerns for professional drivers—the national shortage of safe truck parking. Trucking companies are addressing the parking shortage by including advance planning and using technology to access real-time information on parking availability to make it easier for drivers to shut down for the night.

Tri-Area Trucking School educates students on the importance of finding a trucking company that provides careful planning for safe parking, especially for our long haul drivers that plan to transport to larger cities.


How old do you need to be to drive a commercial motor vehicle?

You must be 21 to drive a commercial motor vehicle across state lines (interstate). If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, you will receive a license with a K restriction allowing you to drive a commercial motor vehicle in Michigan only.

Will my driving record disqualify me from obtaining a CDL?

Any of the following will disqualify you from obtaining a CDL:

  • A current suspension, revocation, denial, or cancellation of your license.
  • Conviction of any six-point violation in the 24 months immediately preceding application.
  • Conviction for operating a motor vehicle while impaired in the 24 months immediately preceding application.
  • A suspension or revocation in the 36 months immediately preceding application.
  • Suspensions for Failure to Appear in Court (FAC), Failure to Comply with a Judgment (FCJ), failure to appear for re-examination, financial responsibility, non-sufficient funds checks, and a suspension or revocation for a temporary medical condition do not disqualify an applicant for a CDL.

What do I need to take with me to the Secretary of State Office for the Commercial Learning Permit Test?

How do I complete the Department of Transportation physical requirements?

FMCSA Form MCSA-5876

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