Here we go again?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced it is exploring the feasibility of conducting a negotiated rulemaking (Reg Neg) concerning entry-level training for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

A “reg neg” allows interested parties to participate in the rulemaking process as a way of expediting the creation of the rule. Participants in the “reg neg” could include “driver organizations, driver training organizations, [carriers], industry associations, state licensing agencies, state enforcement agencies, labor unions, safety advocacy groups and insurance companies.”

This is an effort to implement the entry-level driver training (ELDT) provisions in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The FMCSA has hired a convener to speak with interested parties about the feasibility of conducting of an ELDT Reg Neg.

You are invited to comment. (“Here we go again” is a comment that we’ve already heard but the Agency is looking for something a little more helpful than that.) Reference Docket Number FMCSA-2007-27748 and submit your comments no later than September 18, 2014. You may use any one of the following methods:

  • online at Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
  • by fax to 202-493-2251.
  • by mail to Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • hand deliver comments to the same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202-366-9329

If you have questions on this document, call or email Mr. Richard Clemente, Transportation Specialist, FMCSA, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations, 202-366-4325, mcpsd@dot.gov.

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