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FMCSA proposes minimum training requirements for certain CMV drivers


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Washington – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing required training standards for entry-level drivers seeking a commercial driver’s license to operate large trucks and buses.

FMCSA published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the March 7 Federal Register. To submit a comment, which are due April 6, visit www.regulations.gov and search for docket number “FMCSA-2007-27748.”

Required training would apply to the following:

  • First-time applicants for CDLs
  • Drivers who already possess CDLs but seek a license upgrade or additional endorsement
  • Previously disqualified CDL holders who seek to reacquire a license

According to FMCSA, individuals would be subject to proposed entry-level driver training requirements and would need to finish a course provided by an organization that meets the following criteria:

  • Meets minimum qualifications for training providers
  • Embraces the curriculum
  • Is included as a listing on FMCSA’s proposed Training Provider Registry
  • Electronically submits training certificate for each person who completes training to FMCSA

The compliance date would take effect three years after the publication of the final rule, if applicable.

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