California to require entry-level driver training

Includes minimum number of behind-the-wheel hours

Posted October 9, 2018

Though not included in the federal entry-level driver training regulation that is set to go into effect on February 7, 2020, a minimum number of behind-the-wheel training hours will soon be required of entry-level drivers in California.

Recently enacted legislation requires that the California Department of Motor Vehicles adopt the entry-level driver training rules in Parts 380, 383, and 384 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations by June 5, 2020.

As part of the adoption, Class A and Class B commercial driver’s license applicants must have a minimum of 15 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Ten of the 15 hours of training must be on a public road.

A minimum number of behind-the-wheel training hours were included in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposed entry-level driver training regulation, but the final rule did not include this provision.

FMCSA’s final rule mandates a behind-the-wheel training curriculum that includes range and road instruction, but does not set a minimum number of hours for the completion of the training.

Proficiency is determined by the instructor providing the training.

California Senate Bill 1236 was signed into law September 30, 2018.


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