FMCSA warns carriers about ‘aggressive’ marketing to sell training

September 7, 2011

Washington – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently issued an alert warning motor carriers about certain companies using “aggressive” marketing techniques to sell supervisor training for the agency’s drug and alcohol testing requirements.

“FMCSA is not familiar with these companies nor the training they are offering,” the agency said in the alert. FMCSA did not elaborate on the marketing tactics being used or the names of the training companies.

Supervisors of commercial driver’s license drivers are required to take 60 minutes of training on symptoms of alcohol abuse and controlled substance use.

FMCSA warned carriers that the agency does not certify trainers or training companies, and does not pre-approve curriculum. It is up to individual employers to ensure the training they purchase meets the appropriate guidelines.