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Sunday, September 25 2022
5 State Colleges to Expand CDL Training Capacity in Florida

Orlando, Fla.—Florida expects to increase the capacity to offer CDL training from less than 1,000 to 3,500 students per year, according to officials information. These news can not come in a better time, when truck driver shortage continues to be a big challenge, we have seen some improvement in parking and rest areas planned for I-4, that will allow drivers to complete more assignments, and now potentially adding at least 1,200 students per year. And we are just weeks away from the high volume shipping season.

The following describes the training initiatives planned for each institution.

  • Broward College ($2.6 million) – to lead the initiative, start a new CDL driver training program, fund tuition costs for up to 142 students, and construct a new driver training area. Broward College anticipates serving 250 students in the first year.
  • Daytona State College ($1.3 million) – to start a new CDL driver training program at its Advanced Technology College in Daytona Beach. Daytona State anticipates serving 200 students in the first year.
  • Northwest Florida State College ($1.5 million) – to enhance its existing CDL driver training program at its Chautauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs, including the purchase of equipment, to potentially serve 250 students in the program’s first year.
  • Valencia College ($1.3 million) – to expand its CDL driver training program, including the purchase of equipment, to potentially serve 200 students in the program’s first year.

The State College of Florida will be awarded more than $2 million through the Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant program, which is administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity, also known as DEO, with the objective of expanding the institution’s current CDL program.

DEO, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, is also awarding $500,00 for tuition costs associated with the programs of the local workforce development boards at  Northwest Florida State College, Daytona State College, and State College of Florida.

Funding will be made available through the following local workforce development boards:

$200,000 to CareerSource Suncoast

$200,000 to CareerSource Okaloosa Walton

$100,000 to CareerSource Flagler Volusia

“Florida is a critical link in our nation’s supply chain, and the demand is soaring for Commercial Driver’s License holders,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO, Michelle Dennard.

When you do business with us at Florida Transportation Insurance, you will receive top notch service tailored to your business’s needs.

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Oscar Pacheco - Licensed Agent

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Wednesday, August 31 2022
Temporary Exemption to Hours-of-Service Rules for Carriers Hauling Fuel

FLORIDA—The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced on Saturday, August 26, 2022, that the USDOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking steps to create more flexibility for motor carriers and drivers as a response to the shutdown of the BP Whiting refinery caused by an unexpected fire.

A Regional Emergency Declaration for emergency relief from certain regulations was issued to address the emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel and provides necessary relief. FMCSA is issuing a temporary hours of service exemption that applies to those transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The exemption does not include route deliveries or mixed loads with only a “nominal quantity” of qualifying freight.

The Emergency Declaration was effective immediately and remain in effect until the end of the emergency, or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), September 10, 2022, whichever is earlier.  FMCSA intends to continually review the status of this Emergency Declaration and may take action to extend, modify or terminate the Emergency Declaration if conditions warrant.  FMCSA has notified, and will work closely with its state and industry partners to monitor driver work hours and conditions for the duration of the exemption.

When we work during emergency protocols it is extremely important to be well informed. If your business includes hauling gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel or other refined petroleum products to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, we strongly recommend that you visit www.dot.gov to search for updated information about these changes. Remember that keeping your truck, or fleet, properly insured is key to the continuity of your business, especially in the midst of emergencies.

Whether your business has a fleet that is small or large, consisting of buses, limos, taxis, vans and/or shuttles or you are an owner operator. Whether you are an experienced business with small or large fleet operations, or a new venture, FTI offers you specialized insurance through multiple carriers find the right solution for your commercial transportation business.


As you do business with us at Florida Transportation Insurance, you will receive top notch service tailored to your business’s needs.

Including:

  • Practical and accurate information about your insurance policy and your insurance company.
  • An agent who works for your best interests.
  • Personal service.
  • Whether you need to make a policy change, have a question about billing or need to report a claim, our customer service representatives are the best in the business and will handle your request quickly in the most professional manner.
  • You can have access to our online tools 24/7 to accommodate your busy schedule. Please bookmark our website, and visit us often. We look forward to hearing from you.

Call us at (407) 501-8275 to speak with one of our local licensed, experienced agents today, if you prefer using online technology, click on Florida Transportation Insurance any time of a day to receive quotes and information.

Oscar Pacheco - Licensed Agent

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