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Human Trafficking Awareness Training Approved For CDL Holders

New Requirement For CDL Holders To Be Trained Starts July 1

TOPEKA – (April 3, 2018) – A national organization that works closely with the trucking industry has been approved to provide anti-human trafficking training to commercial drivers license holders in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

The organization, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), has submitted training curriculum that has been approved by the attorney general to provide the training for CDL holders in Kansas.

Last year, the Legislature adopted a new law requiring all CDL holders to receive human trafficking awareness training approved by the attorney general’s office. The regulations implementing the law, which became permanent earlier this month, include details for how training course providers may seek approval from the attorney general’s office.

Starting July 1, all new CDL applicants will be required to complete the training before receiving their license. Current CDL holders must complete the training before the next regular renewal of their licenses through the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR).

KDOR will include information about the new requirement in postcard renewal notices that are routinely sent to current CDL holders when their licenses are due for renewal.

The training, which involves watching a brief educational film and answering questions about it, takes about 30 minutes. It must be completed only once, not each time a driver renews. It is free of charge.

The required training can be completed individually online either directly from the TAT website, at the Kansas Motor Carriers Association location in Topeka or at certain KDOR locations across the state. A printed certificate of completion should be presented upon application or renewal of a CDL. Individuals who have previously completed TAT training before the requirement went into effect and who have received certificates of completion through TAT will not be required to take the training again.

The approved training curriculum can be accessed on the TAT website at education.truckersagainsttrafficking.org.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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