The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has withdrawn its December 26, 2007, notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed new entry-level driver training standards for individuals applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.
The Agency has withdrawn the 2007 proposal because commenters to the NPRM, and participants in the Agency’s public listening sessions in 2013, raised substantive issues which led the Agency to conclude that it would be inappropriate to move forward with a final rule based on the proposal.
In addition, since the NPRM was published, FMCSA received statutory direction on the issue of entry level driver training (ELDT) from Congress via the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21stCentury Act (MAP-21) reauthorization legislation.
So it’s back to the drawing board on this matter. The Agency tasked its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) to provide ideas the Agency should consider in implementing the MAP-21 requirements. In consideration of the above, the Agency has concluded that a new rulemaking should be initiated in lieu of completing the 2007 rulemaking.