FMCSA Proposes Revisions to Entry-Level Driver Training

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published its proposed revisions to entry-level driver training standards for entry-level operators of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate operations who are required to possess a commercial driver's license (CDL).

The proposed rule would not apply to drivers who currently possess a CDL or obtain a CDL before a date three years after a final rule goes into effect. Following that date, persons applying for new or upgraded CDLs would be required to successfully complete specified minimum classroom and behind-the-wheel training from an accredited institution or program. The state driver-licensing agency would issue a CDL only if the applicant presented a valid Driver Training Certificate obtained from an accredited institution or program. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) would strengthen the agency's entry-level driver training requirements as a means to enhance the safety of CMV operations on the nation's highways.

Comments must be received on or before March 25, 2008. You must include Docket ID Number FMCSA-2007-27748 for this rulemaking, your name, mailing address, or an email address to ensure that FMCSA can identify you so that your comments may be considered. You may submit your comments through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS), under Docket ID Number FMCSA-2007-27748.

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