COVID-19 Driver Training Information

Detailed information on the deployment of the fully remote driver training and the hybrid Passenger Assistance Training (PAT) courses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Table of Contents

Driver safety for in-person training following the Covid-19 pandemic

MArtap and RLS & Associates will take the following steps to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus:

  1. MArtap and RLS & Associates will defer to each hosting agency’s COVID-19 safety requirements. Each participant will be asked to wear a mask and gloves during any in-person training, if so required by the hosting agency.
  2. Vehicles will be sanitized between each one-on-one proficiency practicum.
  3. All hosting locations are required to have ample space to accommodate social distancing.
  4. All hosting locations are required to check temperatures of all participants upon arrival.
  5. All hosting locations are required to have ample cleaning supplies, including paper towels, disinfectant spray or disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and water and soap for hand washing.
  6. No more than 12 drivers are registered for a Passenger Assistance Training (PAT) or Accessible Lift Use & Passenger Securement driver training course to allow for social distancing and for ample time to clean the vehicles between participants. Maximum occupancy for Defensive Driving and Disability Awareness will be dictated by how many participants the agency can accommodate with social distancing.

Returning to in-person training

The Transit Assistance Programs are again offering fully in-person driver training for all courses. Passenger Assistance Training (PAT) or Accessible Lift Use & Passenger Securement in-person driver training courses are limited to 12 registrants to accommodate for appropriate social distancing and timing for completion of the proficiency exam. Defensive Driving and Disability Awareness in-person training courses are limited to the maximum occupancy of the facility in use.

Please note that all registrants for in-person training will be asked to sign a participant waiver prior to attending the in-person training session. The registrant is expected to bring a signed copy of the waiver to the training session.

Hosting organizations are allowed to register a maximum of eight (8) of their own drivers per driver training course. Please note that we have added a series of additional questions to the hosting request form to help ensure that organizations can safely host a driver training under post-pandemic conditions. All hosting agencies will be asked to sign a host agency waiver ensuring that these safety precautions can be upheld.

If you are interested in hosting, please submit a request to host a MAurbantap driver training session or MArtap driver training session.

 

Remote driver training will continue to be offered

The Transit Assistance Programs will continue to offer the Disability Awareness and Defensive Driving courses remotely for the foreseeable future. Please check the MAurbantap training session schedule or the MArtap driver training calendar for current remote training offerings.

How to register your driver for remote Disability Awareness or Defensive Driving training

To register your driver, please access the MAurbantap training session schedule or the MArtap driver training calendar to view available trainings. Each training is listed as "Disability Awareness – Online Webinar" or "Defensive Driving – Online Webinar."

Completing the registration form for online training

When completing the registration form, the email address provided should be the address that is the best form of direct contact with the driver. If you are director/manager registering on behalf of your drivers, please do one of the following:

  1. Register each driver individually with their preferred email address so the driver can attend the webinar and take the exams on a personal device.
  2. Register each driver individually under your email address/an agency address so the driver(s) can attend the webinar and take the exams on an agency device; please ensure that your driver(s) then has access to the agency device within the next 24 hours so the driver(s) can take the exams.

Upon confirmation of your registration, you will receive the necessary login information via the GoToWebinar software. The GoTo Join Link can be used on up to three devices. For the examination, each attendee must use the SurveyMonkey link individually.

While it is recommended that registrants attend the webinar from a laptop or desktop computer to view the presentation slides, a call-in option will also be provided.

Contact

Phone

Online

Fax

Fax (857) 368-0617

Address

10 Park Plaza,
Suite 4160,
Boston, MA 02116

Online

Contact via Email maurbantap@dot.state.ma.us

Fax

857-368-0617

Address

10 Park Plaza, Suite 4160
Boston, MA 02116
Feedback