Entry-level training rule to be published soon

OMB completes review of final rule

Posted November 17, 2016

A final rule, addressing the training of entry-level drivers, is expected to be published in the near future.

On November 15, 2016, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the rulemaking, returning the rule to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The OMB review is one of the final steps that must be taken prior to the rule being published 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 rulemaking is expected to require training of interstate and intrastate drivers applying for their first commercial driver’s license (CDL), upgrading their current CDL, or obtaining a hazardous material, passenger, or school bus endorsement. The rulemaking may also require refresher training for a CDL holder who has been disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle.

Under the proposed regulation, individuals subject to the training would be required to complete a prescribed program of instruction (classroom and behind-the-wheel) provided by an entity listed on FMCSA’s training provider registry.

It is not known, at this time, which aspects of the proposal may or may not be included in the final rule.

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