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 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 (TBTET) 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 formatted to be delivered as a brief instructor-led training or divided into short segments for delivery during roll-call.
The instructor-led officer training is available for delivery in a formal classroom environment. The complete training package is available here: TBTET Presentation. For your convenience, we have also provided a hyperlink to each video within the PDF so you are able to view videos by simply clicking on the icons (Internet capabilities required).
Roll Call Curriculum
Below are the CMV Traffic Enforcement Training Roll Calls formatted as individual segments. To access each segment, click the title below (Internet capabilities required).
- TBTET Purpose
- A Culture of Enforcement
- Personal Safety
- Making the Stop
- Human Trafficking
- Motor Vehicle Law Violations
- Interacting with the Operator
- Citing and Reporting
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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).
Current Courses Offering:
Instructor and Student Guides are available to help facilite the training at individual agencies. For more information, contact the FMCSA National Training Center.