Driving safely on the roads

About MCTS

MCTS BuildingThe Michigan Center for Truck Safety is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving highway safety on Michigan's roadways, through comprehensive safety educational programs for Michigan's trucking industry. These services and programs are sponsored by the Michigan Truck Safety Commission (MTSC) and funded through a grant to Michigan Trucking Association (MTA) Education Center Inc.

With a focus on state and federal trucking regulations, a skilled staff of safety professionals conduct a variety of programs for both truck drivers and management personnel.

These programs provide training on a wide range of topics which include, but are not limited to:

  • Drug and Alcohol testing (FMCSR 40, 382)
  • Qualification of Drivers (FMCSR 391)
  • Hours of Service (FMCSR 395)
  • Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance (FMCSR 396)
  • Driver Performance Enhancement Training Programs
  • Fatigue Management 

Training programs offered by the Center are available (free of charge), through workshops and seminars and a variety of media and interactive formats.

In addition to the industry programs and services, the Center serves as a resource for Michigan's motoring public on sharing the road safely with trucks and general highway safety.


Project Director

Michelle Zemla

Administrative Assistant

Tara Davis

Safety Specialists

Lower Michigan  (Lansing Office)

Jon Crippen

Charles Culton

Dave Phetteplace

Justin Jahn

Dolores Thomas

Upper Peninsula Region (St. Ignace Area and Escanaba Office)

Daniel Litzner

Erick Kestila

(906) 217-2003
(906) 361-7170
(800) 469-7364

Our Services

  • Regulations Hot Line 
  • Company Safety Reviews 
  • Compliance workshops and seminars 
  • On-site management training and education 
  • Driver safety meetings 
  • Industry and community group speaking 
  • Haz-Mat re-certification 
  • National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course for Professional Truck Drivers 
  • Mobile Truck Driver Simulator Project 
  • Professional Driver Coaching

Professional Driver Coaching Information

Lower Michigan

(Lansing Office)
(800) 682-4682 or (517) 321-1955

Upper Peninsula

(Escanaba Office)
(800) 469-7364 or (906) 217-2003

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