Final Entry-Level Training Mandate Issued by FMCSA
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final entry-level driver training rule on December 7th. The rule dropped an earlier proposal requiring new truckers to complete a minimum of 30 hours training behind-the-wheel in order to earn their commercial driver license.
The new ruling waives the time frame, which many were calling arbitrary, and instead allows a training driver’s instructor to make the call concerning when they are ready for the road. The driver training rule is 281 pages long and was created from industry stakeholder recommendations.
The rule sets no minimum number of hours required for training and has a compliance date of February 7, 2020. The mandate will be effective for anyone who is looking to earn a Class A or Class B CDL. While the mandate does not dictate a specific number of hours for the training course, it does provide a scoring threshold for drivers.
The training providers must provide instruction of all parts of the applicable curriculum and the trainee must achieve a minimum score of 80% on the theory assessment. A variety of skills must also be shown behind the wheel, including the ability to handle discrete maneuvers safely.