Minimum training standards proposed

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposes new training standards for certain individuals:

  • applying for their initial commercial driver’s license (CDL);
  • an upgrade of their CDL (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL);
  • or a hazardous materials, passenger, or school bus endorsement for their license;
  • and a “refresher” training curriculum.

These individuals would be subject to the proposed entry-level driver training requirements and must complete a course of instruction provided by an entity that:

  • Meets the minimum qualifications for training providers;
  • covers the curriculum;
  • is listed on FMCSA’s proposed Training Provider Registry;
  • and submits electronically to FMCSA the training certificate for each individual who completes the training.

You can read the details of just exactly what is proposed here.

The compliance date of this proposed rule would be three years after the
effective date of the final rule.

Comments? Get them submitted to FMCSA by April 6, 2016. You can comment
on docket number FMCSA-2007-27748 using any one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov.
  • Fax: 202-493-2251.
  • Mail: Docket Services (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand delivery: 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.
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