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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

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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. Only one participant will interact with the trainer at a time during the proficiency practicum.
  2. Each participant will be asked to wear a mask and gloves during any in-person training. 5310/MAP subrecipients are considered providers of public transit and therefore must comply with Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Updated Mask Requirements. The update requires that face coverings continue to be worn for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on public and private transportation. This requirement applies to riders and workers.
  3. Vehicles will be sanitized between each one-on-one proficiency practicum.
  4. All hosting locations are required to have ample space to accommodate social distancing.
  5. All hosting locations are required to check temperatures of all participants upon arrival.
  6. 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.
  7. No more than 12 drivers are registered for a driver training course to allow for social distancing and for ample time to clean the vehicles between participants.

Returning to in-person training

MArtap and RLS & Associates are targeting a return to in-person training for September 2021. The first class to return to fully in-person will be the Passenger Assistance Training (PAT). The safety protocols initiated for the hybrid PAT training will continue to be implemented for the fully in-person PAT training. Disability Awareness and Defensive Driving in-person hosting requests will be accepted for October 2021 onward. Use this form to submit a Request to Host a MArtap Driver Training Session.

Organizations are allowed to register a maximum of five (5) 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.

Remote driver training will continue to be offered

MArtap will continue to periodically offer the Disability Awareness and Defensive Driving courses remotely for the foreseeable future. Please check 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 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 GoToWebinar link CANNOT be shared!

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.





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