The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a
new rule that, if approved, would require prospective commercial truck
drivers to complete a required core training curriculum before being issued
a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Titled the Entry Level Driver Training rule, this rule would require drivers
to complete 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training with an FMCSA-approved
training provider. In addition, drivers would need to complete theoretical
training related to vehicle instruments, controls, inspections, hours
of service, loading cargo, driving in adverse weather, fatigue awareness,
crash procedures, trip planning, and maintenance violations among other
things.This rule will apply to all drivers looking to receive a CDL and
to those who are upgrading from a Class B to a Class A license.
Implementation of this rule is still a ways away, as it is currently open
for public comment before being submitted to the Department of Transportation
(DOT). The proposal would then have to be approved by the DOT and the
White House’s Office of Management and Budget prior to being published
in the Federal Register. Finally, after being published, a three year
waiting period would ensue before the rule eventually takes effect.
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