Many preventable crashes result from an illegal or unsafe driver behavior, such as speeding, distracted driving, or following too closely. Research has consistently shown highly visible traffic enforcement will deter drivers from such behaviors. However, law enforcement officers assigned with traffic enforcement responsibilities are often reluctant to conduct a vehicle stop of a truck or bus. This reluctance is grounded in both a lack of knowledge and skills related to these types of vehicle stops and a level of comfort which often comes with experience.
FMCSA Truck and Bus Traffic Enforcement Program Overview
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FMCSA has created a training program to address the lack of knowledge and skills specific to compliance with truck and bus traffic enforcement. The Truck and Bus Traffic Enforcement Training (TBTE) is designed to enhance officers’ knowledge about the dangers of unsafe truck and bus driving behaviors.
This training was developed by the National Training Center in collaboration with law enforcement. It is available and free to all law enforcement agencies and officers and “is designed to accommodate diverse individual and departmental resource and schedule requirements/constraints by providing several options to conduct and take training in a variety of formats, to include:
- Instructor and student course materials for in-class training
- Self-guided interactive digital training course
- Segmented Roll Call training modules
You may access the course Instructor Guide and Student Guide below.
TBTE Self-Guided Interactive Course
The following Truck and Bus Traffic Enforcement Training course is provided for those who may not have the time or opportunity to attend a formal in-class training session. This self-guided interactive course provides the same information as the in-class version and can be completed in one hour or less.
Roll Call Curriculum (PDFs)
Below are the CMV Traffic Enforcement Training Roll Calls formatted as individual segments in PDF format. To access each segment, click the title below (Internet capabilities required).
- TBTE Introduction (PDF)
- A Culture of Enforcement (PDF)
- Motor Vehicle Law Violations (PDF)
- Making the Stop (PDF)
- Personal Safety (PDF)
- Interacting with the Operator (PDF)
- Citing and Reporting (PDF)
- After the Stop (PDF)
- Suspicious Criminal Activity (PDF)
- Summary and Resources (PDF)
Roll Call Curriculum (PowerPoint Presentations)
Below are the CMV Traffic Enforcement Training Roll Calls formatted as individual segments viewable as a PowerPoint (PPT) presentation. The PPT segments include slide animations as well as Instructor Notes and student Content notes.
To access each segment, click the title below (Internet capabilities required).
- TBTE Introduction (PPT)
- A Culture of Enforcement (PPT)
- Motor Vehicle Law Violations (PPT)
- Making the Stop (PPT)
- Personal Safety (PPT)
- Interacting with the Operator (PPT)
- Citing and Reporting (PPT)
- After the Stop (PPT)
- Suspicious Criminal Activity (PPT)
- Summary and Resources (PPT)
Full Course Materials Packages
The instructor-led training is available for delivery in a formal classroom environment. The complete training package, once downloaded, provides all course materials in one package and can be presented without an internet connection.
- Instructions for downloading the course materials (PDF)
- Instructor Course Package
- Student Course Package
FMCSA: Associate staff trainers are available to deliver the Truck and Bus Traffic Enforcement Train-the-Trainer course. To schedule the four-hour train-the-trainer course provided by the National Training Center (NTC), follow the instructions in the Course Schedule Form for course NTC # 48162 (Instructor Training).
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