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FMCSA Delays New Driver Training Rule

- 3:16 pm - February 23rd, 2017

By Christa Krajewski, Compliance Specialist at Foley

fmsca_logo.jpgFEBRUARY 2, 2017 - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has delayed the effective date of a new rule establishing national truck driver training standards. The notice was published Feb. 1 and officially delays the effective date of the Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operations to March 21, 2017. The rule was originally published on Dec. 8, 2016 and scheduled to take effect on Feb. 6, 2017.

The delay comes in response to a memorandum titled "Regulatory Freeze Pending Review" issued by President Trump on Jan. 20, which directed the heads of Executive Departments and Agencies to temporarily postpone, for 60 days, the effective dates of regulations that had been published in the Federal Register but that were not yet enacted. The notice could be delayed further pending review by Trump and his staffers. At present, the compliance date of Feb. 7, 2020 has remained unchanged.

The new rule addresses entry-level driver training rules, core classroom curriculum and requires behind-the-wheel training, though it does not require a minimum amount of behind-the-wheel time as originally proposed. The rule also establishes a national registry of certified trainers, and would require CDL trainees to be trained under a registered trainer in order to qualify to receive a CDL.

The article above originally appeared in the Feb. 2 edition of Foley News Wire. Visit Foley online at https://www.foleyservices.com/.