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Entry-level driver training petition denied

FMCSA will not reconsider BTW requirement

Posted February 17, 2017

A Petition for Reconsideration of the “Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators” final rule was denied by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The Truck Safety Coalition, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association had filed the petition, asking the agency to reconsider how behind-the-wheel (BTW) training is handled. The proposed rulemaking had included a minimum number of hours for BTW instruction. This provision was left out of the final rule and was the organizations’ impetus behind the filing of the reconsideration petition.

The four organizations have received letters from FMCSA stating the debate over minimum BTW training requirements had been settled prior during the rule’s comment period and explained in the final rule’s Preamble (front matter).

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