Headquarters
United States Army Europe and Seventh Army
United States Army Installation Management Command
    Europe Region
Heidelberg, Germany

Army in Europe
Regulation 600-55*

8 February 2007

Personnel—General

Driver- and Operator-Standardization Program


*This regulation supersedes AE Regulation 600-55, 24 July 2003.



For the Commander:

RUSSELL L. FRUTIGER
Brigadier General, GS
Chief of Staff

Official:

DARRELL L. BRIGHT
Regional Chief Information
    Officer - Europe



Summary. This regulation—

  • Prescribes policy and procedures for commanders to establish unit-driver training programs for tactical and nontactical vehicles, to include testing and licensing, in the European region (glossary).


  • Will be used with AR 600-55.
  • Summary of Change. This revision—

  • Adds an Army in Europe Drivers Training Program Assessment Tool (app C), a Master Driver Training Course (para 6a(1)), and a seatbelt suspension requirement (table 2).


  • Changes responsibilities among USAREUR agencies.

  • Transfers the POV section to AE Regulation 190-1.

  • Removes the International Road Sign Test requirements.
  • Applicability. This regulation applies to—

  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the civilian component (including family members) who are assigned to or employed in the European region.


  • Persons assigned to nonappropriated-fund organizations and other authorized organizations in the European region.
  • Supplementation. Commanders will not supplement this regulation without USAREUR G3 (AEAGC-TD-OPD) approval.

    Forms. AE and higher level forms are available through the Army in Europe Publishing System (AEPUBS).

    Records Management. Records created as a result of processes prescribed by this regulation must be identified, maintained, and disposed of according to AR 25-400-2. Record titles and descriptions are available on the Army Records Information Management System website at https://www.arims.army.mil.

    Suggested Improvements. The proponent of this regulation is the USAREUR G3 (AEAGC-TD-OPD, DSN 475-7603). Users may suggest improvements to this regulation by sending DA Form 2028 to the USAREUR G3 (AEAGC-TD-OPD), Unit 28130, APO AE 09114-8130.

    Distribution. B (AEPUBS).



    CONTENTS


    Section I
    GENERAL


    Section II
    TACTICAL VEHICLES


    Section III
    NONTACTICAL VEHICLES


    Section IV
    DRIVER TESTING STATIONS


    Section V
    PROGRAM EXAMPLE


    Appendixes
    A. References
    B. Army in Europe Drivers Training Program of Instruction
    C. Army in Europe Drivers Training Program Assessment Tool

    Tables
    1. Speeding Suspensions
    2. Seatbelt Suspensions (Failing To Wear or Require Passengers To Wear)

    Glossary



    SECTION I
    GENERAL


    1. PURPOSE
    This regulation provides policy and procedures for commanders of USAREUR major subordinate and specialized commands (AE Reg 10-5, app A) and for IMCOM-Europe to establish driver-training programs. Procedures for driver testing and licensing are also included.


    2. REFERENCES
    Appendix A lists references.


    3. EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS AND TERMS
    The glossary defines abbreviations and terms.


    4. RESPONSIBILITIES


    SECTION II
    TACTICAL VEHICLES


    5. PERSONNEL
    All personnel (Soldiers; DOD civilian, contract, and local national (LN) employees; and personnel on temporary duty) will meet the training, testing, and licensing requirements in paragraphs 6 and 7 for operating tactical vehicles in the European region.


    6. TRAINING AND TESTING

    NOTE: Minimum academic and hands-on training requirements for tactical vehicle operators are provided in AR 600-55, appendix E, and this regulation, appendix B.


    7. LICENSING


    SECTION III
    NONTACTICAL VEHICLES


    8. PERSONNEL
    The requirements in AR 600-55 and this section apply to all personnel (Soldiers; DOD civilian, contract, LN employees; and personnel on temporary duty) operating U.S. Government owned or controlled NTVs.

    NOTE: A DTS will conduct a prompt inquiry of the Department of Transportation National Drivers Register if there is reasonable doubt regarding the authenticity or validity of a country license (AR 600-55, para 3-4).


    9. TRAINING AND TESTING

    NOTE: Operators will not take part in hands-on vehicle or equipment training without a valid DA Form 5984-E (or OF 346), Learners Permit, (AR 600-55, para 4-3).


    10. LICENSING


    Table 1
    Speeding Suspensions
    If the NTV driver exceeds
    the posted speed limit by
    Days suspension
    for first offense
    5 to 10 mph (8 to 16 kph)7
    11 to 15 mph (17 to 25 kph)14
    16 to 20 mph (26 to 32 kph)21
    20 mph (33 kph) or more30
    NOTE: Penalties double for subsequent offenses.


    Table 2
    Seatbelt Suspensions
    (Failing To Wear or Require Passengers To Wear)
    Offense Days suspension
    First7
    Second30
    Third and Subsequent180

    NOTE: LN employees are exempt from the above suspension tables. On a case-by-case basis, for the above offenses, employers should use a graduation of oral admonishments, written admonishments, and finally a notice of termination in accordance with USAREUR Regulation 690-64.


    SECTION IV
    DRIVER TRAINING AND TESTING STATION (DT&TS)


    11. INSTALLATION DT&TS
    Examiners will—

    NOTE: Personnel who fail the test twice in two weeks must wait 14 days after the last failed test before retesting. Personnel who fail the test a third time must wait 60 days before retesting. In cases of exceptional hardship, DTS officers may waive the 60-day wait, provided that the Soldier’s commander or civilian’s supervisor approves a waiver request.


    SECTION V
    PROGRAM EXAMPLE


    12. EXAMPLE MASTER DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAM
    CATC will provide an example master-driver training program online with the master driver’s course. The link to this example program will be available from the JMTC homepage (http://www.catctraining.hqjmtc.army.mil/).

     

    APPENDIX A
    REFERENCES


    SECTION I
    PUBLICATIONS

    Department of Defense Instruction 6055.4, DOD Traffic Safety Program

    AR 25-400-2, The Army Records Information Management System (ARIMS)

    AR 58-1, Management, Acquisition, and Use of Motor Vehicles

    AR 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development

    AR 385-40, Accident Reporting and Records

    AR 385-55, Prevention of Motor Vehicle Accidents

    AR 600-55, The Army Driver and Operator Standardization Program (Selection, Training, Testing, and Licensing)

    AR 750-1, Army Materiel Maintenance Policy

    FM 21-305, Manual for the Wheeled Vehicle Driver

    Training Circular (TC) 21-305, Training Program for Wheeled Vehicle Accident Avoidance

    TC 21-305-1, Training Program for the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT)

    TC 21-305-3, Training Program for the M939 Series 5-Ton Tactical Cargo Truck

    TC 21-305-4, Training Program for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle

    TC 21-305-5, Training Program for Equipment Transporters (C-HET, MET, and LET)

    TC 21-305-6, Training Program for the Tractor and Semitrailer (M915, M931 and M932)

    TC 21-305-7, Training Program for the Light Vehicles

    TC 21-305-8, Training Program for Medium Vehicles

    TC 21-305-9, Training Program for the Heavy Equipment Transporter System

    TC 21-305-10, Training Program for the Palletized Load System

    TC 21-305-11, Training Program for the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles Operator

    TC 21-306, Tracked Combat Vehicle Driver Training

    AE Regulation 55-4, Safe Movement of Hazardous Goods by Surface Modes

    AE Regulation 58-1, Management, Acquisition, and Use of Nontactical Vehicles

    AE Regulation 190-1, Driver and Vehicle Requirements and the Installation Traffic Code for the U.S. Forces in Germany

    AE Regulation 350-1, Training in the Army in Europe

    AE Regulation 385-55, Prevention of Motor-Vehicle Accidents

    AE Regulation 608-2, Family Readiness System

    AE Pamphlet 190-34, Drivers Handbook and Examination Manual for Germany

    AE Pamphlet 190-34-1, Drivers Examination for Privately Owned Vehicle Operators of the U.S. Forces in Germany (Version 1)

    AE Pamphlet 190-34-2, Drivers Examination for Privately Owned Vehicle Operators of the U.S. Forces in Germany (Version 2)

    AE Pamphlet 190-34-3, Drivers Examination for Privately Owned Vehicle Operators of the U.S. Forces in Germany (Version 3)

    AE Pamphlet 190-34-4, Drivers Examination for Privately Owned Vehicle Operators of the U.S. Forces in Germany (Version 4)

    AE Pamphlet 385-15, Leader’s Operational Accident-Prevention Guide


    SECTION II
    FORMS

    OF 346, US Government Motor Vehicle Operators Identification Card

    DA Form 348, Equipment Operators Qualification Record (Except Aircraft)

    DA Form 2028, Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms

    DA Form 5984-E, Operators Permit Record (EGA)

    AE Form 190-1F, U.S. Forces Certificate of License/The United States Forces in Germany

     

    APPENDIX B
    ARMY IN EUROPE DRIVERS TRAINING PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION


    The drivers training program of instruction (POI) in this regulation identifies the minimum standards for tactical vehicle driver training in the European region. This POI consists of classroom training (Phase I) and hands-on operation and driving requirements (Phase II), and should be used with the program of instruction in AR 600-55, appendix E, paragraph E-3, subparagraph a through q.

     

    PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION


    Phase I. Classroom Training

    A. Introduction
    1. Introduction to Drivers Training

    B. Driver Responsibility and Government Responsibility
    2. Driver Responsibility and Government Liability
    3. Proper Emplacement of Warning Triangles

    C. Traffic Regulations and Laws
    4. Host-Nation Traffic Laws and Regulations
    5. International Road Signs
    6. Yield Right of Way Situations
    7. Bridge and Vehicle Classification
    8. Speed Limits

    D. Use of Army Publications and Forms
    9. Equipment Inspection and Maintenance Worksheet
    10. Motor Equipment Dispatch
    11. Accident Reporting

    E. Vehicle Inspection and Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS)
    12. Principles of Automotive Vehicles
    13. Automotive Troubleshooting
    14. Use of Technical Manual 10-Series Operators Manual and Lubrication Order

    F. Accident Prevention
    15. Risk Management
    16. Safe Vehicle Operating Procedures
    17. Speed Management

    G. Driver Energy and Environmental Considerations
    18. Adverse Weather
    19. Night Driving
    20. Fatigue

    Phase II. Required Hands-On Operation and Driving Training

    H. Introduction to Specific Vehicles
    21. Check Dispatch Packet for Completeness
    22. Check Vehicle Basic Issue Items for Completeness and Serviceability
    23. Perform Before, During, and After (B, D, A), and AR 385-55 Operations PMCS on a Vehicle
    24. Perform B, D, A, and AR 385-55 Operations PMCS on a Trailer (as applicable)
    25. Identify Potential Mirror Blind Spots
    26. Start Vehicle According to Existing Weather Conditions
    27. Units Equipped With Unit-level Logistics System-Ground (ULLS-G) to Maintain Training Documentation in ULLS-G

    I. Military Convoy Operations, Including Night Driving
    28. Prepare Vehicle for Convoy Operations
    29. Perform Proper Operator Actions During a Halt
    30. Perform Required Operator Actions to Repair Faults
    31. Perform Required Emergency Actions During Convoys
    32. Drive Vehicle in Daytime Convoy Operations
    33. Drive Vehicle at Night During Convoy Operations
    34. Drive Vehicle at Night During Blackout Conditions

    J. Off-Road Operations
    35. Successfully Negotiate an Obstacle Course (N below)

    K. Self-Recovery Methods According to Specific Vehicle Training Circular
    36. Safety Precautions
    37. Proper Transfer Case and Shift Position, Use of Winches, Clutch Use (if manual transmission)

    L. Vehicle Driver Performance Evaluation
    38. Apply Brakes Properly
    39. Perform Trailer Brake Test
    40. Use Proper Gear for Load
    41. Properly Enter Autobahn
    42. Properly Exit Autobahn
    43. React to Hand Signals
    44. Apply Proper Ground-Guide Procedures
    45. Cross Railroad Tracks Properly

    M. Response to Emergency Situations
    46. React to Emergency Vehicles
    47. Handle Vehicle in Crosswinds
    48. React to Being Forced Off the Road
    49. Perform Emergency Action Procedures

    N. Driving Range
    50. Successfully Negotiate an Obstacle Course

    O. Written Exam - Vehicle Specific
    51. Army in Europe Military Drivers Test - Final Examination (from Phase I, Required Classroom Training)

    P. PMCS Test
    52. Perform “During Operations” PMCS on a Vehicle
    53. Perform “During Operations” PMCS on a Trailer (as applicable)
    54. Perform “After Operations” PMCS on a Vehicle
    55. Perform “After Operations” PMCS on a Trailer (as applicable)

    Q. Road Test
    56. Road Test (AR 600-55, app G)

     

    APPENDIX C
    ARMY IN EUROPE DRIVERS TRAINING PROGRAM ASSESSMENT TOOL


    U.S. Army in Europe
    Drivers Training Program Assessment Tool
    Date(s) of Inspection: Version/Date:

    1.1 / 6 OCT 05
    Inspected Unit:

     

     
    Raw Score GO / NO-GO
    Inspecting Office/Agency:

     

     
    Inspectors Name: Inspectors Phone:
    Note: This list is not all inclusive and only intended to be a tool for commanders to assess their drivers training program.

    References:
    AR 385-55, AR 600-55, AR 750-1, AE Regulation 55-4, AE Regulation 350-1, AE Regulation 385-55, AE Regulation 600-55

    1. TASK: Ensure all equipment operators are trained, tested, and licensed.

    2. CONDITIONS: Given this inspection checklist and the references above.

    3. STANDARDS: Unit must have an established driver’s training program that meets the standards of the above references. Unit must attain a score of 70 points to receive a GO. To receive a commendable, unit must attain a score between 96 to 100 points.


    Item Inspector Comments   Points  
    INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
    (15 pts)


    1. Is a driver training program established at battalion level or higher? (For installations or commands below battalion size, is operator training conducted at the highest level possible?) (5 pts) (AR 600-55, para 1-4 g(3))

    2. Are all driving instructors appointed in writing to train or instruct on an authorized type of vehicle? (3 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-2a(1))

    3. Are all instructors licensed to operate the vehicle or equipment they are instructing? (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-2a(2))

    4. Has the commander certified that all instructors have the proper knowledge of subject material and teaching ability before being permitted to train students? Is the certification in writing? (5 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-2b)
    (Note: Inspector will annotate if written documentation is available for each inspection item with Y, N, or NA in this column.) 
    STANDING OPERATING PROCEDURES
    (15 pts)


    1. Is the unit drivers training SOP: (5 pts)

        a. Published
        b. Followed
        c. Current

    2. As a minimum, does the SOP contain the following?

        a. Sustainment training program (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-4)

        b. Remedial training program (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-5)

        c. Night vision program (2 pts) (AR 600-55, chap 8 and app I)

        d. Hazardous materials requirements (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-9, AE Reg 55-4)

        e. Ground support equipment (2 pts) (AR 600-55, chap 7)
       
    DRIVER SELECTION AND TRAINING PROGRAM
    (10 pts)


    1. Have commanders personally interviewed drivers before they are licensed to operate AMVs? Did they evaluate the individual for maturity, attitude, past driving record, hearing, extreme nervousness, or any other abnormal characteristics? (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 3-2)

    2. Are physical examinations completed for personnel requiring them? (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 3-3)

    3. Are National Drivers Register central records checks conducted to determine if an individual civilian license has been denied, suspended, or revoked? (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 3-4)

    4. Is the driver’s training program of instruction structured in accordance with appendix E of AR 600-55? (4 pts)
       
    OPERATOR QUALIFICATION RECORD
    (20 points)


    1. Are driver’s qualification records, DA Form 348-E, maintained for all personnel who operate a vehicle or equipment? (5 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-1a)

    2. Is all training annotated on the DA Form 348 before issuing DA Form 5984-E (or OF 346)? (3 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-1b)

    3. Are DA Form 348 up to date and reviewed annually for the following: (5 pts)

        a. Safety awards?

        b. Expiration of permits?

        c. Accidents and moving traffic violations?

        d. Remedial, required, or refresher training?

        e. Reexamination?

        f. License suspension?

    (AR 600-55, para 4-1b(5))

    4. Are incorrect, incomplete, or illegible entries which cannot be verified lined through and initialed as appropriate? (3 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-1b(9))

    5. Do operators that transport hazardous materials receive additional training? Do they possess an ADR Card ? (4 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-9; AE Reg 55-4, app B)
       
    NIGHT VISION TRAINING
    (15 pts)


    1. Are the minimum NVD academic subjects covered in the unit’s night vision training program? (5 pts) (AR 600-55, para I-1)

    2. Is the NVD task list followed during training? (5 pts) (AR 600-55, para I-2)

    3. Do assigned drivers conduct on- and off-road training each month using NVDs? (5pts) (AE Reg 350-1, paras 3-1c(2) and (7))
       
    OPERATORS’ PERMITS
    (6 pts)


    (NOTE: Operator’s permits can be either DA Form 5984-E (or OF 346)

    1. Are operators’ permits controlled at the battalion level or delegated to the company commanders? (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 6-1)

    2. Are operators’ permits stamped or marked the type of permit being issued? (2 pt) (AR 600-55, paras 6-1 through 6-3)

    3. Is there an operators’ permit ledger maintained? (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 5-1)
       
    MISCELLANEOUS
    (19 pts)


    1. Is the unit road test area identified, marked and used? (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para G-2)

    2. Do all operators complete Accident Avoidance/DDC training before licensing and every 4 years thereafter? (2 pts) (AR 385-55, para B-4)

    3. Is annual sustainment training documented? (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-4a.)

    4. Is annual check-ride conducted by first-line supervisors documented? (2 pts) (AR 600-55, para 4-4b)

    5. Does unit SOP contain plans for conducting a driver’s training program after deployment for equipment not on the unit MTOE (for example the M-1114, up-armored HMMWV? (3 pts) (AE Reg 350-1, paras 3-1c(2) and (7))

    6. Does unit conduct and document winter driver training annually? (2pts) (AE Reg 600-55, para 9a(6))

    7. Have personnel assigned as Battalion or higher Master Driver completed the Master Driver Trainer’s Course? (2 pts) (AE Reg 600-55, para 6a(1))

    8. Have all tactical vehicle operators successfully completed a 2-hour orientation and a 100-question written test which is part of the Army in Europe drivers training POI? (2 pts) (AE Reg 600-55, para 6b(4))

    9. Are personnel licensed to operate buses at least 21 years of age? (2 pts) (AE Reg 385-55, para 3-2d)





    UNIT POC SIGNATURE_____________________



    INSPECTOR SIGNATURE_____________________
       

     

    GLOSSARY


    SECTION I
    ABBREVIATIONS


    ADR Accord Europen realtif au Transport International des Marchandises dangereus par Route (European Agreement Concerning the Transportation of Hazardous Goods by Highway)
    AEArmy in Europe
    AEPUBSArmy in Europe Publishing System
    AMVArmy motor vehicle
    AORarea of responsibility
    ARIMSArmy Records Information Management System
    CATCCombined Arms Training Center
    COPSCentralized Operations Police Suite
    DAVISDefense Automated Visual Information System
    DTSdriver testing station
    FMfield manual
    FMTVfamily of medium-tactical vehicles
    G1Deputy Chief of Staff, G1, United States Army Europe
    G3Deputy Chief of Staff, G3, United States Army Europe
    G4Deputy Chief of Staff, G4, United States Army Europe
    HAZMAThazardous material
    HEMTTheavy expanded mobility tactical truck
    HETheavy equipment transporter
    HMMWVhigh mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle
    HQ USAREUR/7A   Headquarters, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army
    IMCOM-EuropeUnited States Army Installation Management Command, Europe Region
    JMTCSeventh United States Army Joint Multinational Training Command
    kphkilometers per hour
    LNlocal national
    MHEmaterials handling equipment
    mphmiles per hour
    NAnot applicable
    NTVnontactical vehicle
    NVDnight vision device
    OFoptional form
    OPMOffice of the Provost Marshal, Headquarters, United States Army Europe and Seventh Army
    PLSpalletized load system
    PMCSpreventive maintenance checks and services
    POIprogram of instruction
    POVprivately owned vehicle
    SOPstanding operating procedure
    TSAEUnited States Army Training Support Activity, Europe
    TCtraining circular
    TVTtelevision videotape
    ULLS-GUnit-Level Logistics System-Ground
    USAREURUnited States Army Europe


    SECTION II
    TERMS


    country drivers license
    A valid license from any sovereign country or any State in the United States.

    European region
    Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

    master driver
    An noncommissioned officer with the primary mission of aiding and assisting commanders at all echelons in the planning, development, execution, and evaluation of all drivers training and licensing programs.