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Entry-level driver training rule effective date pushed back two months

Compliance date remains February 7, 2020

Posted March 22, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is again delaying the effective date of its final rule requiring specific training of entry-level drivers. The effective date for the final rule, ‘‘Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators,’’ is being delayed until May 22, 2017.

This delay does not affect the rule’s compliance date. The compliance date is when the rule must be carried out, while the effective date is when it appears in regulatory text. The entry-level driver training compliance date remains February 7, 2020. The rule was published December 8, 2016, and originally scheduled to be incorporated into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) on February 6, 2017. As a result of a memorandum from President Trump’s Administration on January 20, 2017, asking for a regulatory freeze, the rule’s effective date was delayed until March 21, 2017.

On March 21, 2017, FMCSA again temporarily postponed the incorporation of the final rule into the FMCSRs. According to FMCSA, “The delay in the effective date until May 22, 2017, is necessary to provide the opportunity for further review and consideration of this new regulation, consistent with the January 20, 2017, memorandum.”

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