Entry-level driver training proposal arrives at OMB

Proposed rule could be published within 90 days

Posted November 12, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) entry-level driver training proposal is one step closer to publication.

On November 7, 2015, the proposal 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 the publication of this proposed regulation in the Federal Register. OMB’s review is expected to take up to 90 days.

The proposal is the result of a negotiated rulemaking process that included recommendations from a committee comprised of a cross-section of motor carrier interests including training organizations, the bus and trucking industries, law enforcement, labor unions, and safety advocates.

The Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC) recommended to FMCSA that entry-level drivers complete a training program prior to completing the skills test for a Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license.

ELDTAC recommended that core curricula for the training program include theory/knowledge and behind-the wheel segments, with training provided by a training provider listed on an FMCSA-administered registry.

It is not known, at this time, which aspects of the ELDTAC’s recommendations may or may not be included in the proposal.

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