FMCSA Targets Training Rule for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Drivers

February 28, 2015 by Carina Ockedahl, @Ockis9

Just as novice drivers must complete a test to operate a Class D vehicle, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is once again trying to create a rule outlining minimum training standards for entry-level commercial truck drivers.

This time, the FMCSA has incorporated a negotiated rulemaking process, resulting in a 26-member advisory committee representing a variety of fields; subcommittees have been formed to review issues ranging from certification and accreditation to performance- versus hours-based course requirements. Implementation and enforcement considerations are also on the table, and the group will do a cost-benefit analysis, according to Transport Topics.

The committee aims to have a proposed rule by May 26, 2015. Should it pass, the regulation will cover training for Classes 7-8 trucks with a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds, and light and medium trucks carrying certain types of hazardous materials.

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