Entry-level driver training rule at OMB

A final rule, requiring training of entry-level drivers, is one step closer to publication

Posted September 1, 2016

On August 29, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) entry-level driver training final rule arrived at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. This is one of the final steps that must be taken prior to publication in the Federal Register.

The final rule, the result of a negotiated rulemaking process, is expected to be based on consensus recommendations made by a committee comprised of a cross-section of motor carrier interests. The committee met for several work sessions in early 2015. A proposed regulation was released in March 2016.

The final rule is expected to require training of interstate and intrastate drivers obtaining their first CDL, upgrading their CDL, or obtaining a hazardous materials, passenger, or school bus endorsement.

The rulemaking is expected to require both classroom and behind-the-wheel (range and public road) training, conducted by providers that meet certain criteria and are listed on an FMCSA provider registry.

OMB’s review of the final rule is expected to take up to 90 days.

This article was written by Jill Schultz of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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