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Commercial Industry Education Program: Safety Through Education

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    The CIEP offers free educational safety seminars for commercial drivers, carriers, and drivers of passenger vehicles. These seminars identify actions drivers can take to avoid a collision, specific tips on sharing the road with other vehicles, and an outline of basic rules of the road. Presentations vary from one hour to eight hours and are offered at no expense to the carriers. Carriers have the option of receiving the presentations at their facility or at another agreed upon location. Presentations can also be tailored to suit the needs of the carriers, including presentations provided in Spanish.

    Other essential training includes:

    • Driver safety rules of the road, which encompasses a basic overview of traffic laws, including speed control and safe lane changes.
    • A basic overview of the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria which has been adopted by California and serves as a guide for when a vehicle is deemed to be so unsafe, the violation must be corrected before it can continue on its course of travel.
    • An overview of the adopted North American Standard Level I vehicle inspections and how they are performed.
    • The proper way to perform a thorough pre-trip inspection.
    • Procedures for reporting highway emergencies.
    • An overview of Farm Labor Vehicle requirements.
    • How the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance scoring affects carriers and drivers.
    • An overview of hours-of-service regulations, including how to properly maintain log books/time cards.
    • Correct application of size, weight, and loading regulations.
    • Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing.
    • An enhanced Rules of the Road/Driver Safety and distracted driving.
    • Biennial Inspection of Terminals programs.
    • Benefits of preventive maintenance.
    • Questions regarding licensing and registration.
    • School Bus (driver/mechanic/administrator).
    • Other Buses (general public paratransit vehicle, school pupil activity bus, tour bus, youth bus, etc.).
    • Railroad Crossing safety.
    • Hazardous Materials security and the transportation of hazardous materials for shippers and carriers.

    The Commercial Industry Education Program (CIEP) is a continuous educational program designed to provide information and safety awareness to everyone operating commercial vehicles.

    CIEP classroom CHP Officer instructing class Class at inspection facility
    Training can be held at your office, shop, or your nearest CHP inspection facility.
    CHP Commercial Enforcement Personnel provide informational seminars on many specific topics, including:
    • Maintenance inspection (pre-trip and level 1) procedures
    • Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT)
    • Hazardous materials transporation requirements
    • Hours of Service
    • Controlled substance and alcohol testing requirements
    • Insurance requirements and fraud awareness
    • Size and weight requirements and issues
    • Rules of the road and driver safety tips
    In addition to these specific information seminars, all CIEP classes include general information anyone in the commercial trucking industry should be aware of. This information includes:
    • Vehicle/carrier inspection requirements and procedures
    • Size and weight requirements
    • Understanding Out-of-Service criteria
    • Rules of the road/driver safety
    • Commercial enforcement personnel
    • Understanding CVSA inspection sticker issuance

    Contact Us For Information

    Border Division:      (858) 650-3600 Border Division:      (858) 650-3600 Southern Division:    (323) 644-9557 Inland Division:      (909) 806-2400 Coastal Division:     (805) 549-3261 Central Division:     (559) 453-3100 Golden Gate Division: (707) 648-4180 Valley Division:      (916) 731-6320 Northern Division:    (530) 242-4300 Border Division:      (858) 650-3600 Inland Division:      (909) 806-2400 Southern Division:    (323) 644-9557 Central Division:     (559) 453-3100 Valley Division:      (916) 731-6320 Coastal Division:     (805) 549-3261 Golden Gate Division: (707) 648-4180 Northern Division:    (530) 242-4300

    To learn more, or to schedule a training seminar, contact your nearest CIEP instructor at:

    Division Counties
    Northern Division
    (530) 242-4300
    Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehema, Trinity Counties
    Valley Division
    (916) 731-6320
    Alpine,Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Lake, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
    Golden Gate Division
    (707) 648-4180
    Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma
    Central Division
    (559) 453-3100
    Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
    Southern Division
    (213) 748-7182
    Los Angeles
    Border Division
    (858) 650-3600
    Imperial, Orange, Riverside(southern area), San Diego
    Coastal Division
    (805) 549-3261
    Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Ventura
    Inland Division
    (909) 806-2400
    Inyo, Mono, Riverside (northern area), San Bernardino
    Or contact the CHP's program coordinator at (916) 843-3400.


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