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Business & Legal Reports Helps Companies Train Drivers on New DOT Rules

December 6, 2005 – The nation’s commercial vehicle operators have had to comply with complex new Hours of Service requirements from the DOT since October 1, 2005. The new rules are designed to prevent the estimated 5.5% of fatal truck crashes that are due to driver fatigue. Fortunately, Business & Legal Reports, Inc. (BLR) has just released a PowerPoint training kit that makes it easy to deliver new Hours of Service training that will insure compliance where the rubber meets the road – in the cab of every commercial truck in the nation.

Hours of Service: What You Need to Know PowerPoint Kit explains DOT’s complicated new regulations with lively, real world examples that truckers can relate to. The 30 slide session kit also includes 20 colorfully illustrated employee booklets, complete with quiz and training certification form. Meeting topics in the Kit include explanations of the rules for maximum driving hours, waiting time, sleeper berth rules, short haul provisions, Record of Data Status (RODS), plus practical steps to reduce driver fatigue. Case studies and role plays provide an interactive component to the training.

Bob Brady, President of BLR, commented on the new Kit: “We are pleased to be able to offer such a simple and effective training vehicle to help companies train their drivers. The Kit will help commercial drivers understand and comply with the new Department of Transportation rules, and that will undoubtedly save lives in the years to come.”

To help employers understand the new rules BLR’s safety compliance editors have put together a practical White Paper that summarizes the new Hours of Service rules in plain-English, as well as a practical report on fleet safety best practices. The paper may be downloaded at Employers may receive a free copy of the Kit’s employee training booklet, Hours of Services: Rules What You Need to Know, by calling 1 800 727-5257.

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