Driving school

New local truck driving school opens despite driver shortage

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – A new trucking school with potential impacts on the national trucking shortage has opened in Idaho Falls.

Sage has partnered with the College of Eastern Idaho to expand its Blackfoot training program to Idaho Falls.

The program is expected to improve the overall quality of drivers.

“The idea was just to have better trained drivers and to put in place a law that requires anyone who wants CDL, they will now have to go through a school or training provider who will provide that training to them,” said the school principal, Lynn. says Jorgensen.

New federal government restrictions require anyone applying for a commercial driver’s license to go through a school or training provider.

However, the new restrictions could initially have a negative impact on the shortage of drivers according to educators at Sage.

“I don’t think it’s going to relieve the pressure on the driver shortage. They argue that there are between 80 and 90,000 driver shortages in the United States. But now the feds just added one more, it’s one more step to get your CDL, which might slow down the process a bit,” Jorgensen said.

Despite the driver shortage, the school expects its first 11 students to receive a CDL within four to six weeks.

Several other students are expected in early spring.