Each year, thousands of aspiring truck drivers sign up for training with some of the nation’s biggest freight haulers. But the training programs often fail to deliver the compensation and working conditions they promise. And those who quit early can be pursued by debt collectors and blacklisted among other companies in the industry, making it difficult for them to find a new job.

At least 18 companies, employing tens of thousands of drivers, run programs aimed at qualifying trainees for a commercial driver’s license. Typically, to get free training, the new hires must drive for the company for six months to about two years, usually starting at a reduced wage.

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