Effective July 31, Arkansas drivers with a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) are required to complete a course teaching them how to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking under a new law signed by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Act 922 mandates that truck drivers seeking to obtain or renew a CDL in the state of Arkansas must complete a training session administered by the Arkansas State Police or a third-party group endorsed by ASP. Truck drivers also can take the online human trafficking course sponsored by Truckers Against Trafficking.
Truck drivers are only required to complete the training session one time, not each time they renew their CDL.
To meet the new requirement using TAT’s online course, drivers will need to watch a 26-minute video and complete a 15-question quiz. Upon completion of the TAT training, documentation will be sent to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.
Arkansas truckstops and travel plazas who employ commercial drivers are urged to have their drivers take the training course prior to renewing their CDL as well as to share information about the new law with their truck driving customers.
Truck drivers seeking to complete the TAT certification program, may visit: http://education.truckersagainsttrafficking.org/.
Arkansas marks the second state to mandate human trafficking awareness training for commercial drivers. Ohio was the first state to adopt such a requirement, and similar legislation is pending in Kandas and Texas.
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